Lisha Wheeler, Vice President

Lisha Wheeler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating high school at Sacred Heart Academy in New Orleans, Ms. Wheeler attended Duke University where she received a degree in accounting. She then attended Duke University School of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctorate.

Currently, Ms. Wheeler provides services as a certified professional executive coach and business consultant through her Company, Wheeler Coaching & Consulting. She specializes in working with early to mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs, especially female attorneys and executives, to take action towards enhancing their professional and personal successes. She received her coach training and certifications from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Prior to establishment of her coaching and consulting practice, Ms. Wheeler was a successful finance attorney whose experience included serving as an in house attorney with Fannie Mae, a partner with national law firm, Holland & Knight, and co-founder of a small public finance law firm, Howell & Goins. Over the span of her 30+ year legal career, she specialized in affordable housing, community and economic development, tax exempt financing, municipal law, commercial real estate and secured lending. She has extensive experience working with public housing authorities, housing finance agencies, state housing agencies, tenants and tenant associations, boards and commissions, public/private business partners and vendors.

Ms. Wheeler’s professional experience includes: - Previously represented several public housing authorities and state and local housing finance agencies on various transactions utilizing various funding sources, including capital funds grants, Section 8, tax exempt bonds (single family mortgage revenue bonds and multifamily bonds), HOPE VI, HOME, CDBG - Served as co-counsel to the Metropolitan Olympic Games Authority in connection with the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games - Represented several major banks in connection with secured lending on affordable multifamily housing projects - Represented lenders, developers and investors in connection with low income housing tax credit projects - Led the team providing legal support to Fannie Mae on the first REO Rental structured transaction to sell pools of foreclosed rental properties; worked with Federal Housing Finance Agency, US Treasury, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development - Previously managed the team of in house attorneys supporting Fannie Mae’s affordable housing debt and equity transactions - Frequent speaker on various panels and seminars, including national seminars providing continuing legal education credits to attendees - Held numerous leadership positions, including serving as Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and as a past President of Atlanta Legal Aid - Featured by the Atlanta Tribune as a “Woman to Watch in the Law” in their May 2004 publication