Emily Abeln has been named Senior Vice President of Development at affordable housing firm Brinshore Development.

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She is based in the company’s Houston office, where she will direct the development process, including predevelopment, design, financing, public policy, entitlement and permitting, and community outreach.

Abeln will take the lead on Brinshore’s Texas multifamily projects under development. Additionally, she will manage future development opportunities in the region as well as establish a permanent presence for the company in Houston.

Abeln joins Brinshore with 17 years of nonprofit real estate experience, ranging from property management to federal compliance oversight to development. She spent the last 10 years as vice president of real estate and corporate secretary for New Hope Housing.

Headquartered in Illinois, Brinshore’s portfolio includes 10,000 affordable rental housing units valued at more than $1.5 billion in 15 states and the District of Columbia.