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DCHFA Names Michael Hentrel General Counsel

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) has appointed a new General Counsel, Michael Hentrel. In April, Hentrel’s tenure began at DCHFA where he is the agency’s lead attorney reporting to DCHFA’s Executive Director/CEO Todd A. Lee.

“Michael’s appointment is a key addition to DCHFA’s senior management team. His extensive experience in the housing and finance industries will greatly contribute to DCHFA achieving its goals of providing innovative solutions in affordable housing in the District,” stated Lee.

The General Counsel provides legal advice on operational, programmatic, and transactional actions of the agency through drafting opinions and providing legal interpretation and leading negotiations. Upon joining DCHFA Hentrel stated, “I have spent most of my professional career in the District and I am thrilled to bring my passion for housing to DCHFA and its mission-driven work.”

Hentrel brings more than 25 years of expertise in the housing and real estate industry to DCHFA. Prior to joining the Agency, Hentrel served as Counsel in the Special Issues Unit at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where he provided advice, counsel, and transactional support regarding the management and disposition of $25 billion in assets jointly owned by the FDIC and private investors. Hentrel’s career trajectory includes four years as an Associate General Counsel at Fannie Mae, Deputy General Counsel of the National Capitol Revitalization Corporation, an Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and an Attorney with the Federal Reserve Board. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland.

Hentrel is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in History and holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Howard University School of Law.

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency was established in 1979 to stimulate and expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities in Washington, D.C. We accomplish our mission by offering below market rate mortgage loans to lower the homebuyers’ costs of purchasing homes and by issuing mortgage revenue bonds to lower the developers’ costs of acquiring, constructing, and rehabilitating rental housing.

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