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Jennifer Litwak is the Executive Director of Housing on Merit and has successfully managed the closing of over $475 million in multifamily acquisitions and overseen the development, preservation and renovation of over 3,050 units of affordable housing nationwide.  She is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and serves as Vice Chair of the Residential, Multi-Family, and Special Use Group.  Ms. Litwak serves as an appointed member to Urban Land Institute’s Affordable & Workforce Housing Council.

In addition, Ms. Litwak is a Board of Trustee of the National Housing Conference and serves on their Research Committee, which advises the Center for Housing Policy.  She has taken on numerous roles with Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW) and is currently an appointed member of their Member Education and Scholarship Selection Committees.

Ms. Litwak is recognized as an innovative thinker and disrupter within the affordable housing industry.  In 2019, Ms. Litwak became a Fellow of the American Bar foundation, a global honorary society of legal professionals and scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, and received the Gamechanger Award from Connected Women of Influence.  She was also selected by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum as a Women of Influence for her achievements in the Humanitarian category in 2020 and in the Independent/Non-Business Professional of the Year category in 2019.  In 2017, Ms. Litwak was profiled by the Daily Transcript’s Influential Women Report as one of the most influential women in San Diego County, and in 2016 she was chosen as one of the Top 100 Business Professionals in San Diego.  Ms. Litwak was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40 in the commercial real estate industry in 2015.

Locally, Ms. Litwak serves on CREW San Diego’s Board of Directors as the Foundation Delegate.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Home Start, a local non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment agency.

Ms. Litwak earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  She is a graduate of the prestigious Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) program of the Council of Development Finance Agencies and completed an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Ms. Litwak is also an active member of 2020 Women on Boards, Corporate Directors Forum, Junior League of San Diego, and National Women’s History Museum’s Council XIX.

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