Peg Barringer
Partner, Director of Economic Development Consulting
Peg Barringer has helped clients evaluate economic development opportunities and implement effective projects and programs that have created jobs, grown businesses and increased goods and services in more than 200 communities. She specializes in economic development research, feasibility analysis, planning, program design, implementation and evaluation. For more than 25 years, Ms. Barringer has consulted on a range of project types including: downtown & business district revitalization,  small business & microenterprise development, commercial real estate development, creative economy initiatives, smart growth and a large array of customized research projects. She has conducted economic and financial analysis, market research, training, business planning and other services for government agencies, financial institutions, real estate developers and community based organizations. Ms. Barringer has been a faculty member at Tufts University since 1991 where she teaches in the Graduate Program of Urban Policy and Planning.  She has also designed and delivered training on a variety of economic development topics for many other institutions and organizations. Peg Barringer is a seasoned project manager, experienced with complex multi-site projects and large teams of staff & subcontractors. (617) 763-5952

Experience: 29 years

Education: M.C.P., Master of Community Planning/Real Estate Development; B.L.A., Bachelor of Landscape Architecture/Urban Design; B.S., Land Use Planning

Certification: Economic Development Finance Professional Certification (i.e., Business Credit Analysis, Real Estate Financing, Loan Packaging, Negotiating, and Financial Deal Structuring)

Affiliation: Adjunct Faculty, Tufts University Graduate Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning

Elaine Nickerson
Partner, Director of Affordable Housing Consulting
Elaine Nickerson has provided affordable housing consulting, training, management assessments, monitoring services and evaluations for real estate developers, non profit corporations, and government agencies in the US and abroad (in Ukraine and Russia). She has expertise in the development and management of rental property & homeownership projects, homebuyer assistance programs, tenant based rental assistance, housing rehabilitation, HUD Housing Quality Standards, M/WBE outreach and Section 3.  In addition, she is experienced in construction management, budget development and asset management. Ms. Nickerson has 20 years of housing program monitoring experience and has managed large statewide contracts. (617) 543-2204

Experience: 25 years                      

Education: B.A., History; Harvard University Institute of Affordable Housing (real estate development, public and private financing, design, and management)              

Certification: Certified HOME Program Specialist, Regulations-2007, Certified HOME Program Specialist, Administration-2008 US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Lindsay Cohrs
Project Manager
Lindsay Cohrs has provided housing and economic development planning services, monitoring services and pre-development feasibility analyses.  She has expertise in the development and management of rental and homeownership projects, administration of HUD financing programs including HOME, CDBG and ESG. She also has experience conducting research, facilitating community input and developing comprehensive plans, housing needs assessments, tax credit applications, subsidy layering analyses, Consolidated Plans, Action Plans, and Environmental Reviews. (508) 340-8890

Experience: 17 years

Education:  M.A., Urban and Regional Planning; B.B.A, Marketing

Certification: Certified HOME Program Specialist, Regulations-2009, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Olga Pitel
Project Manager
Olga Pitel has provided housing and community development consulting, monitoring, and technical assistance services for over 25 years. She has expertise in designing and administering public financing, housing rehabilitation, first time homebuyer and lead abatement programs. (508) 341-5542

Experience: 25 years

Education:  B.S., Economics

Laurie Tickle
Project Manager
Laurie Tickle has experience underwriting, scoring applications, implementation and monitoring for federal and state finance programs. She was previously the Director of a statewide Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and the Director of statewide Housing Stabilization and Capital Improvement Preservation Fund. (617) 548-7640

Experience: 14 years

Education:  M.A., City Planning, B.S., Community Development (with minor in Geography)

Kate Joyce
Project Manager
Kate Joyce has experience in the management of affordable rental properties including those with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Project Based Section 8 and 202, HOME, HSF, HIF and FCF. She has expertise in the development and administration of Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans, Tenant Selection Plans and budgets. Her experience also includes financial analysis, facilities management, property inspections, lease-up and relocation. (508) 574-8293

Experience: 21 years

Education:  B.A English with a minor in Business Administration

Certification:  CPM - Certified Property Manager, ARM - Accredited Residential Manager, SCHM - Specialist inHousing Credit Management, COS - Certified Occupancy Specialist, CCP - Certified Credit Compliance Professional, Massachusetts Notary Public

Karen Nickerson
Karen Nickerson has worked in several business administration positions over the last 20 years.  She is proficient in a variety of information management, data analysis and other business software.

Experience:  20 years

Education:  B.A., Psychology

Other Consultants & Subcontractors
FinePoint regularly partners with other consultants and subcontractors to form teams with the breadth of expertise and experience appropriate to the needs of our clients.

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