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  • Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1984
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Antoinette Jackson
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Suite 2900
811 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
713.437.1888 tel
713.437.1810 fax

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Toni Jackson has more than 20 years of real estate experience in both the private and public sector focusing primarily in commercial transactions. She currently practices in the areas of commercial real estate development and affordable housing financing representing both for-profit and non-profit developers and public housing agencies. Ms. Jackson has represented clients in the development of multifamily housing, mixed-use complexes, residential subdivisions and commercial office and retail. Ms. Jackson concentrates her practice in mixed-finance transactions which include tax credits, FHA financing and other public funding. Additionally, she serves as special and general counsel to a number of public housing authorities with a specific emphasis on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD"), public housing and development issues.

Ms. Jackson has closed more than $500 million in tax credit and bond transactions, as well as assisted with the preparation of tax credit, HOPE VI and other public funding applications. She works with numerous housing authorities and has successfully served as the lead attorney for the redevelopment of public housing units through the preparation and implementation of HOPE VI transactions, demolition/disposition applications, redevelopment plans and Capital Funds Financing. Ms. Jackson has also served as counsel for PHAs choice neighborhood grants and the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.

Ms. Jackson has overseen and conducted multi-level transactions, which included the coordination of several funding sources from public and private entities. She has most recently worked with housing authorities and private developers as they redevelop housing in response to recent disasters. These transactions have included GO Zone tax credits, GO Zone bonds and CDBG-Disaster Recovery Funds. Ms. Jackson's role included negotiating the subrecipient agreements with the administrating agency, identifying and addressing fair housing issues and navigating other community issues raised as a result obtaining disaster funds in addition to serving as closing counsel for the transactions. She has also authored a chapter in a recent book on disaster funding and served as a speaker on the topic of disaster funding and recovery.

Ms. Jackson worked as Attorney-Advisor in the Houston Area office of HUD. In this position, her responsibilities included the oversight and implementation of HUD regulations. Ms. Jackson also served in the Office of General Counsel at Texas Southern University ("TSU") where she assisted in the acquisition of property for TSU and the development of student apartments.

She has served on several community task forces which focused on housing trends and community redevelopment. Ms. Jackson has also been involved in the creation and representation of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones ("TIRZs") in the City of Houston.

Ms. Jackson has worked extensively with the City of Houston, Housing Authority of the City of Texarkana, Texas, Galveston Housing Authority, Shreveport Housing Authority, City of Chicago, City of New Orleans and other governmental entities in an effort to increase home ownership and rental housing for low to moderate income families.

Ms. Jackson currently serves as a lobbyist and governmental liaison on municipal, county and statewide matters particularly in the areas of affordable housing, construction, specialized financing tools and other real estate issues and concerns.  She frequently serves as a speaker and guest lecturer in the area of affordable housing and community development and disaster funding and recovery.

Noteworthy

  • Recipient of the National Bar Association's Wiley A. Branton Award (2016)
  • Selected to American Leadership Forum Community Development Class I
  • Listed in Who's Who in Black Houston (2007, 2008, 2013)
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Black Attorneys of Houston
  • Named a CW 39 Committed to Caring Honoree (2008)
  • Recipient of the National Black MBA Association Houston Chapter's Leadership Empowerment Award (2006)
  • Honored with Outstanding Achievement in Community Development and Diversity by the Huntington's Disease Society of America (2005)
  • Named a "Rising Star" Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly (2004)

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Presentations

  • Panelist, "How New Fair Housing Rules Impact Local Affordable Housing Activity", April 2016, National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies' Annual Conference
  • "Community Organizing, NIMBY", February 4, 2016, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • "State Issues & QAP Updates", January 7, 2016, 2016 Novogradac Tax Credit Housing Developers Conference
  • "After the Passage if Lilly Ledbetter - Are Women Better Off?", August 2013, Moderator, National Bar Association 88th Annual Conference
  • "Housing & Community Development Specialized Financing for the General Practitioner", August 2013, Speaker, National Bar Association 88th Annual Conference
  • "Legal Issues Affecting the Affordable Housing Industry", July 2013, Speaker, Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers Annual Conference
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Publications

  • Toni Jackson Q&A in The Texas Lawbook
  • "Federal Funding and Financing Programs Post-Disaster"
    Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster: A Guide for Affordable Housing and Community Economic Development Practitioners, July 2013
  • "The Need for Affordable Housing"
    National Bar Association Magazine, Winter 2012
  • "Making the Case for Affordable Housing"
    Chair's Column, Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Volume 21, Number 1, 2012
  • "The Conference in Review"
    Chair's Column, Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Volume 21, Number 2, 2012
  • "Twenty Years and Still Growing"
    Chair's Column, Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Volume 20, Number 3 & 4, 2011

Memberships

    Professional Involvement

    • American Leadership Forum (Member, Community Development Class I, 2013-present)
    • American Bar Associations (Sections and Officers Conference Executive Committee, 2011-2013; SOC Diversity Leaders Committee, 2013-present; Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Governing Committee, 2005-present, Board Chair, 2011-2012)
    • National Bar Association, Life Member (Chairperson, Real Estate and Probate Section, 1997-1998; Executive Assistant to the President, 1996-1997)
    • Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (President, 2011-2012; Board Member, 2006-present)
    • Urban Land Institute (Affordable/Workforce Product Council, 2012- present)
    • Houston Lawyers Association (President, 1996-1997; Member, 1988-present)
    • Houston Bar Association;
    • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials ("NAHRO")
    • Southwest NAHRO
    • Texas NAHRO
    • Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies
    • Women In Real Estate and Finance

    Community Involvement

    • Houston Habitat for Humanity (General Counsel, 2012-present; Chair, 2007- 2009; Vice Chair, 2006-2007; 2nd Vice President, 2004-2006; Chair, 25th Anniversary Gala Committee, 2011 – present; Co-Chair SuperBuild XXXVIII, 2003-2004; Board of Directors, 1999-present)
    • Texas Interfaith Housing Corporation (Chair, 2008 - 2009; Board of Directors, 1998-present)
    • Bread of Life Homeless Project (President, Board of Directors, 1998-2000); YWCA of Houston (Board of Directors, 1994-1999)
    • Leadership Houston (Class Council, 2002-present; Board of Directors, 1995-1998)
    • NAACP (Life Member; Board of Directors, 1995-1997)
    • Houston Area Urban League (NationsBank/HAUL Community Loan Review Board, 1992-1994)
    • Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Alumni Board President, 2013-present; board member, 2012-present; Dean’s Advisory Committee, board member, 2011-present; Blue Ribbon Committee, 2007-2009)
    • University of Virginia Alumni Association, (Life Member; Rotunda Society, 2005 – present; UVA Club of Houston, 1997-present; Jefferson Scholars Regional Committee, 2006-present; Ridley Scholarship Foundation/UVA Black Alumni (Board of Directors, 2002-2007)
    • Miller Theatre Advisory Board (Member, 2004-present)
    • Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA), (Member, 2003-present)
    • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Nineteen (Upper Kirby Zone), (Board Member, 1999-2005)
    • Houston/Harris County Sports Committee Foundation (Olympic Committee), (Member, 1998-2003)