Deidre Lal Schmidt is an innovative and tenacious housing professional. She has a unique mix of technical, transactional, organizational planning / development and policy formulation experience in both US domestic and international contexts.
Deidre is the Principal of One Roof Global Consulting, which helps to improve the quality, access and affordability of housing throughout the world. Clients include development and finance companies, network organizations, foundations and government clients. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Institute, a Boston-based non-profit that works exclusively outside of the United States, with a focus on the global south. She is the co-author of a yet-to-be-published Learning Note on housing finance for the poor, commissioned by the World Bank, which will be part of a suite of primers for government officials and policy makers.
She has over 20 years experience in housing finance, underwriting and development the United States. Deidre has worked in both the for- and non-profit sectors in project and enterprise management and investment analysis and underwriting. Deidre was Vice-President of Development at Brighton Development Corporation, Acquisitions Manager for the National Equity Fund and Director of National Consulting for Artspace Projects, Inc. She has created successful housing opportunities for people at all income levels using Low Income Housing and Historic Tax Credits, as well as other sources like HOME, CDBG, state and local programs in multiple states. She has lead master planning and land development efforts in urban renewal sites. She has had deep involvement in cooperative and condo housing development and governance.