Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Susan Sturman Jennings is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Conifer Realty. She is responsible for closing Conifer’s tax credit and real estate transactions, advising on compliance, construction and property management matters and implementing policies to mitigate liability while keeping in mind Conifer’s values, objectives and strategic plan.
Prior to joining Conifer, Susan was a principal of Hessel & Aluise, P.C. in Washington, D.C. where she represented developers and lenders in FHA, FNMA and conventional financing transactions. She also advised clients on issues regarding property management, mark-to-market, other HUD subsidy programs and state agency regulation of affordable housing.
Susan began her career as an attorney with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was Program Counsel for the LIHPRHA Preservation Program and also addressed issues pertaining to transfers of physical assets, property disposition, Section 8 assistance and mortgage insurance claims.
Susan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy Analysis from Cornell University and earned a juris doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. She is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars, and recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2021 Legal Excellence Award and The Daily Record’s 2016 Top Counsel Award. She has spoken frequently before the American Bar Association, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, New York State Association for Affordable Housing and other industry groups on affordable housing issues. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation, a member of the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership’s Martin Luther King Fund Committee, the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and the New York State Bar Association.