Emily Schelling, Director of Asset Management & Initiatives

Emily directs HDC’s asset management consulting team and leads strategic and policy initiatives to strengthen the affordable housing industry and its operating environment. A current focus of Emily’s policy work is to engage partners across Oregon to understand and develop appropriate funding policies to address the state’s affordable housing preservation needs. In her role as a technical consultant to affordable housing owners, Emily works with clients to strengthen asset management tools and practices, bringing an emphasis on meeting clients “where they are at” with capacity and budget. She serves on HDC’s equity team, a cross-departmental group responsible for assuring that HDC’s organizational policies and culture reflect principles of equity and inclusion. Emily joined HDC in 2010, bringing diverse experience in planning, policy, social work, and housing development that informs her understanding of asset management’s many nuances. Emily has coordinated asset management for a tax-credit syndicator; developed affordable housing in rural Oregon; performed strategic planning for government housing agencies; and, as a direct service provider, assisted very low-income and homeless seniors with finding housing. Emily has a master’s degree in city planning from Rutgers University, where she received a Graduate Excellence Fellowship.