David A. Smith

Recap founder and chairman @ Recap Founder and Chairman

For over four decades, Recap’s founder and chairman, David Smith, has been a national (and now global) innovator, entrepreneur, and thought leader in affordable housing, and Recap, now approaching its 30th year, has been recognized as the nation’s best at spotting, designing, and then executing replicable transaction models to add value, improve affordable housing, and strengthen communities.

David is a tremendous communicator as both speaker and writer, explaining affordable housing concepts vividly, enthusiastically and memorably. With more than 300 published articles in real estate, valuation, and policy periodicals plus three real-estate-related books, he writes Recap’s must-read electronic periodical State of the Market, as well as The Guru Is In, a monthly column for Tax Credit Advisor. His leadership, innovation, and commitment have been recognized in awards from the American Appraisal Association, NAHRO, Commercial Property Executive, and National Housing & Rehabilitation Association.

Beyond Recap, David is also the founder and CEO of the ยง501(c)(3) global non-profit Affordable Housing Institute, which works worldwide to deliver improved housing production and housing finance ecosystems, especially for the urban poor, in informal communities and slums in the emerging world. Recipient of two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AHI has delivered impact in Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Haiti, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.