Sue Southon is a development professional, trainer and strategic planner with over 30 years of experience in community, economic development and affordable housing production. She has managed in several technical assistance engagements for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in states including Michigan, where she provided senior expertise on program design, organizational structure and staffing requirements, budget development, regulatory compliance, and project underwriting.
She has assisted major disaster recovery initiatives including the Louisiana, New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to develop housing recovery programs, organizational structure, and staffing projections. She is recognized as a subject matter expert in redevelopment, program design, policies, procedures, document templates and checklists, and provision of technical assistance with regulatory issues. Ms. Southon garnered this expertise through years of working with states and localities where she served as a strategic advisor to local governments, community development organizations, and private developers. She served as a trainer for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Professional Certification Program, the Economic Development Institute, and the National Association of Workforce Boards.