Jaimie Ross, FHC Board President

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Jaimie A. Ross is the Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida, a statewide nonprofit growth management organization. Prior to joining 1000 Friends of Florida in 1991, Ross was a land use and real property lawyer representing for profit and nonprofit developers and financial institutions.

During her tenure at 1000 Friends, Ross initiated the broad-based coalition that successfully advocated the passage of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, providing a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing in Florida. She continues to facilitate the Sadowski Act Coalition to ensure funding for Florida’s state and local housing programs. Her work includes all forms of legislative and administrative advocacy and education related to the planning and financing of affordable housing.  She authored “Creating Inclusive Communities in Florida: a Guidebook for Local Elected Officials and Staff on Avoiding and Overcoming the NIMBY Syndrome”, originally published in 2004, updated and republished in 2006. With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ross produced “Creating Inclusive Communities”, a macro-media flash presentation on best practices for inclusionary housing programs.

Nationally, she serves on the Board of the Innovative Housing Institute. Ross is the President of the Florida Housing Coalition, founder of the Florida Community Land Trust Institute, past Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a former Fannie Mae Foundation James A. Johnson Community Fellow.