Brian Sweeney, Project Assistant

Jacob Strawn draws on his background in business economics and community development to support HDC’s housing-and-facilities development team and to underwrite development loans for HDC’s affiliated loan fund, HDC Community Fund. In his role as development project assistant, Jake provides technical assistance to nonprofits and housing authorities in the areas of planning, financing, and building affordable housing and community facilities. Prior to joining HDC in 2017, Jacob worked as a business economics intern with ECONorthwest, where he created pro formas for large real-estate developments across Oregon and Washington. Previously, as an economic development intern with Downtown Tucson Partnership in Tucson, Ariz., he developed grant applications and used GIS to provide analysis for real-estate development. Jacob has coordinated a campaign to enroll low-income Tucson citizens in health insurance and worked with the U.S. Peace Corps to manage a natural-medicine education program in Malawi. Jacob holds two master’s degrees, in business administration and planning, from University of Arizona; he has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University.