Deidre Lal Schmidt, President & CEO

Head shot of Deidre Schmidt wearing a black shirt and smiling at the cameraDeidre Schmidt is the President & CEO of CommonBond Communities.  Before joining CommonBond in 2014, Deidre was the Principal at One Roof Global Consulting and, prior to that, Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Institute, a Boston-based non-profit that works exclusively outside of the United States with a focus on the global south. She also worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in consulting, project and enterprise management, real estate development, investment analysis and underwriting in the U.S.; as Vice-President of Development at Brighton Development Corporation, Acquisitions Manager for the National Equity Fund and Director of National Consulting and Project Manager for Artspace Projects, Inc.

Deidre was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund. She was the John T. Dunlop Lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where she taught a course entitled “Housing and Urbanization in Global Cities.” She now teaches a new course, “Financial Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing in the U.S.,” at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.