AURA’s Community Investments group has been purchasing tax credits since 1987. We have in-depth knowledge of affordable housing development and finance, which allows our staff to provide insight and expertise on the structure of any tax credit development.
Linda Hill first joined Aegon in 2004 and again in April of 2015. Linda is a Vice President and Head of Acquisitions & Underwriting for Community Investments. In her role as Vice President, Linda is responsible for leading the Community Investments Acquisitions group which manages the analysis, underwriting, negotiation, documentation and closing of tax credit investmentsnationally. Prior to her current role, Linda served as a Senior Vice President for four years at Alliant Capital, a privately owned tax credit syndicator based out of Woodland Hills, CA. Linda’s primary responsibility at Alliant was the origination of tax credit investments where she managed a team of eight originators. Linda’s previous experience at Aegon (from 2004-2011) included leadership roles within the Community Investments Asset Management and Acquisitions groups. Linda received her BA in Economics from Assumption College.
Earl Chase joined Aegon in 2016. Earl is a Senior Director for Community Investments Production. In his role as Senior Director, Earl is responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting, and closing tax credit investments. Prior to joining Aegon, he worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he originated, structured, negotiated and closed various debt products associated with Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments primarily in the Greater Midwest. Earl underwrote new LIHTC transactions at JPMorgan Chase and also secured construction financing along with joint venture partner equity for the new construction of institutional grade multifamily projects in major east coast US markets for The Hanover Company. Earl received his BS in Computer Science from Lincoln University (PA); MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh; and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gary Howe joined Aegon in 2008. Gary is a Director for Community Investments Production. In his role as Director, Gary is responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting, and closing tax credit investments. Prior to joining Aegon, he worked at The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation, where he underwrote and closed Low Income Housing Tax Credit investments in the eastern and southeastern United States. Gary also performed financial reporting and auditing of real estate investments for Credit Suisse and Arthur Andersen. Gary received his BA in Commerce and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.
Leila Ahmadifar joined Aegon in 2015 as Senior Director in the Community Investments group. In her role as Senior Director, Leila is responsible for the originations, structuring, underwriting and closing of tax credit investments nationally as well as preservation and other investment opportunities related to affordable housing. She is an established industry professional with over 20 years of experience in acquiring and closing complex affordable housing transactions, in both the primary and secondary markets. Leila was formerly the Director of LIHTC Investments for the Structured Lending and Investments Group, a business within Citigroup's Municipal Securities Division. Prior to Citi, Leila held underwriting and acquisitions positions at various syndicators. Leila is the former President of the Affordable Housing Investors Council (AHIC). She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and an MS in Real Estate from Columbia University.