Leadership Profile: Treasa Burke
Monday, January 29, 2018
Posted by: Emily Nilsen
Each month Housing Colorado profiles a member volunteer who serves on a committee or another volunteer opportunity. This profile features members who have shown great commitment to the mission of Housing Colorado.
Treasa Burke is a real estate partner with the international law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate sales and acquisitions, leasing, housing and community development, and merger and acquisition support services. Her work in LIHTC counselling includes representations of lenders, non-profit and for-profit developers, and housing authorities. Treasa grew up Littleton, graduated with a degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University, then attended University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. She enjoys travelling to new places with her husband and having nightly foosball tournaments with her son.
How did you end up in affordable housing?
After working in a traditional real estate transactional practice for a number of years, I had the good fortune to support my partner Bill Callison on a low income housing tax credit transaction. After seeing the fantastic impact LIHTC transactions have on communities, I was hooked!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Attending the grand opening of a new project. It’s so inspiring to see what collaboration between professionals in different walks of life can build.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Explaining mechanic’s lien coverage limits over and over and over…
How did you get involved with Housing Colorado?
I attended my first HC annual conference back in 2012. It was a great opportunity to sharpen my skills, enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in the housing world, and learn about new development in the housing arena. I’ve been hooked on HC ever since.
How do you currently serve Housing Colorado and what do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Member of the education committee! I love helping to ideate around fresh topics that will expand the reach of HC. It both keeps me up to date on trends in our local housing market, and provides a great conduit to meeting new folks in Colorado housing.
What are some exciting progressions or projects currently going on in your work?
Tax reform! We are madly working through the new laws and figuring out what they mean in practical terms.
What project, program or undertaking are you most proud of and why?
I couldn’t pick a single project – they all play vital roles in their communities.
What is the best career advice you have ever been given?
Don’t ask someone else to do something you don’t know how to do yourself. In part this means you’re always challenging yourself to grow in new ways. And in part this means I’ll never ask someone to send a tweet on my behalf.
Who has been an instrumental mentor through your career so far or who do you look up to?
My husband – he has a pragmatic and hard-working aptitude for business that’s rooted in respect for your collaborators. It’s a great mindset to begin every transaction with.
What website(s) do you find useful in your work?
If you were given the chance to go on a vacation to any place of your choosing, where would you go and what would you do?
I would love to take a train tour of India, collect a variety of local teas and visit Agra.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Colorado?
Anything Mexican: Tomayo, Machete, Sol, Agave Tacos, Lola, MezCal
What book are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Slow starter, but really caught my imagination around page 100!