Chief Development and Construction Officer - Chicago Housing Authority
Diana Liu is the Chief Development and Construction Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, overseeing all development and construction activities at CHA. She arrived at CHA in January 2016 and brings with her 30 years of commercial real estate experience, primarily as a commercial real estate lawyer.
Most recently, Ms. Liu served for six years as a Principal, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Artemis Real Estate Partners in metropolitan Washington, D.C., a real estate private equity firm. Prior to Artemis, she practiced commercial real estate law as an equity partner with WolfBlock LLP and Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia, PA. In her practice, Ms. Liu represented pension funds, institutional investors, REITs, developers, real estate operators, corporations and life insurance companies in all forms of real estate acquisition, development, management, financing, leasing and sale. She has significant experience representing lending institutions in construction, permanent and mezzanine financing, as well as in loan workouts, restructures and foreclosures.
Ms. Liu previously served as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council. Ms. Liu taught an advanced course in commercial real estate transactions as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1998 – 2009. She is currently a Board Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. She is an active member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Ms. Liu is a former President of the Asian American Women’s Coalition and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, all in Philadelphia, PA.
Ms. Liu earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.