Leadership Profile: Kathryn Grosscup
Friday, April 19, 2019
Posted by: Dora Grace
Each month we profile a member volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding support for Housing Colorado's mission, either by serving on a committee or contributing their time and energy in other ways.
Kathryn is a Senior Tax Credit Officer with Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA). She assists with the allocation of tax credits and provides expertise to developers, local governments, nonprofits, and housing authorities. Kathryn is also co-Chair of the Eagle Awards Committee for Housing Colorado. Over her career in housing, Kathryn has worked at the Colorado Division of Housing, a local housing authority, and HUD—the majority from Glenwood Springs on the Western Slope!
How did you end up working in affordable housing?
Following graduate school, I was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow in a two-year intensive introduction to federal employment where I worked at HUD in Denver and Washington, DC. This was a great introduction to my career in housing, and over time I have shifted from administration of federal assistance programs to housing finance and development work.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the range of creative and complex ideas for housing solutions across Colorado that I see every day. I am inspired by the significance and impact of housing tax credit programs on the development and preservation of homes for large numbers of individuals and families.
How did you get involved with Housing Colorado?
I have been attending the annual Housing Colorado conference for many years, proposing and participating in many workshops. It has always been a rewarding and eye-opening experience, and great fun with new and old colleagues.
How do you currently serve Housing Colorado, and what do you enjoy most about volunteering?
About five years ago, I began volunteering with the Eagle Awards Committee to expand my knowledge of all the creative ideas and people in this field. This year I joined Tim Beal as co-Chair of the Committee. I enjoy making new connections and exploring what is happening in other areas and with other agencies.
What are some exciting progressions or projects currently going on in your work?
Currently, I am excited about the potential $5 million increase in state Affordable Housing Tax Credit (AHTC) available for allocation that is under consideration by the Colorado General Assembly. Combined with other state resources and legislative actions, I anticipate the opportunity to support more developments and increase impact across many markets in Colorado.
What website(s) do you find useful in your work?
I use the CHFA website frequently in my work along with Novogradac and other tax credit websites.
What project, program or undertaking are you most proud of and why?
I am proud of each development or program I have undertaken as they all meet needs of local areas – there is no easy way to pick just one! Similarly, in my previous positions, I am proud of both small and large programs that I supported on the Western Slope.
Who has been an instrumental mentor through your career so far, or who do you look up to?
I frequently look up to housing professionals working in small or rural communities. We all appreciate the challenges of accomplishing housing outcomes, and I give a shout out to professionals who operate in all areas of the state.