Sharon Geno
Sharon Geno

Sharon Wilson Géno

Tel 202.661.2218
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Sharon Wilson Géno is Team Leader of the firm's Government-Assisted Housing Team. She is well known for her work on affordable housing and real estate transactions, legislative advocacy, general corporate and nonprofit organizations, and administrative law.

Ms. Géno has represented housing authorities on HOPE VI and mixed-finance transactions, administrative and regulatory issues, the Moving to Work Program, and the borrowing of private monies secured by a pledge of Public Housing Capital Funds. She has spent considerable time engaged in legislative advocacy on behalf of public housing authorities and other affordable housing interests. In this capacity, she has worked on various issues related to the implementation of the Quality Housing Work and Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA) and other recent legislative initiatives affecting affordable housing.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Géno practiced in a Washington, D.C., law firm focused on affordable and public housing and nonprofits. She has also been a housing and community development consultant, assisting local governments, housing authorities, private companies, property managers, nonprofits, and other entities on affordable housing and community development issues, including projects involving CDBG, HOME, UDAG, and Section 108 funds; privately owned, federally assisted properties; and other federal, state, and local programs.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
George Washington University Law School, Adjunct Professor
Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, Adjunct Professor

Recognition & Accomplishments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia named Ms. Géno to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2012 and 2014, for providing 50 hours of pro bono service in the prior calendar year.

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Géno is a frequent lecturer on affordable housing and public housing and has spoken at a number of conferences, including ones sponsored by the:

American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
Housing and Development Law Institute
Housing Television Network
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA)

Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1991)
Member, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics; participant, D.C. Law Students in Court program

St. Louis University (M.A. 1995)

Newcomb College of Tulane University (B.A. 1988)

District of Columbia