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Gates Dunaway

Over the last twenty three years Gates has established herself as an authority on affordable housing development and preservation, with a focus on working with non-profit clients. Fifteen years with regional and local non-profit affordable housing developers in the Atlanta area allowed her to develop expertise in preservation transactions involving a variety of financing techniques, including LIHTCs, Tax Exempt Bonds, FHA insured financing, AHP Grants, and HOME loans.  

As founder and Managing Principal of the Atlanta-based The Gates Dunaway Group, Gates works with clients across the country to help them think through their development and preservation options.  Once a path forward is determined, her firm then guides them through the refinancing process.  Her strengths are in her ability to educate the staff and Board of Directors, and in her development of best practices that are adapted uniquely for each client.  

Gates has been an active educator on the topic of affordable housing development and preservation. She is a regular instructor in the Georgia Tech City & Regional Planning program.  In 2012 she was approved by HUD as a “Subject Matter Expert”, and she is a facilitator in HUD's "Partners in Housing: Multifamily Preservation Training" course and in their "Preservation Clinics".  She also conducts trainings with national and regional trade associations, and she is an instructor with the NeighborWorks Training Institute, teaching in their affordable housing track.

Gates is a member of LeadingAge Georgia, SAHMA, and National Leased Housing Association.  She also works with the national LeadingAge organization, advising them and their members on housing finance issues.  

Gates graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in City Planning. 

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Susan clary

As an Associate for The Gates Dunaway Group, Susan assists clients with financing and redeveloping their affordable housing properties. Susan’s thirty years of real estate experience started in residential sales and grew to sales management, where she served as a Broker-in-Charge and as a Vice President of a real estate company that represents a leading national and international brand.  Her career has been focused on real estate sales and management, with an emphasis in educating, coaching, and training. Susan brings a keen understanding of the financing process for successful real estate transactions, and she has deep a respect for the mission of the non-profit client in her role with The Gates Dunaway Group.

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