We are delighted to announce that Paul Aylesworth has joined the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics as the Associate Director for the MS in Real Estate. Paul will work Chris Timmins, Gary J. Gorman Affordable Housing Professor, and the Graaskamp team to develop and lead the Real Estate Program’s new Affordable and Sustainable Housing (ASH) Track.
“It is my pleasure to welcome Paul to our leadership team as the Associate Director for the MS in Real Estate. He brings a wealth of affordable housing expertise, industry connections, and a great enthusiasm for working with our graduate students. We look forward to him charting the path for a variety of robust graduate offerings for the ASH Track,” said Yongheng Deng, Professor, and Chair of the Real Estate Department and Urban Land Economics.
Previously, Aylesworth served as the Real Estate Director for the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), a nonprofit Philadelphia-based community development corporation. For nearly 14 years Aylesworth’s work at WCRP focused on the new construction and preservation of affordable housing utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity and many other sources of capital and operating subsidy. He was also instrumental in establishing and building the Community Justice Land Trust, which now holds over 100 permanently affordable homes.
“I’m thrilled to be in this role and look forward to partnering with colleagues across the Wisconsin School of Business and UW-Madison, as well as the alumni and community professionals to offer this innovative track to train leaders in the critical and rapidly expanding fields of affordable and sustainable housing,” says Paul.
Aylesworth’s interests also include equitable development, deep affordability, and the future of the affordable housing industry.
He holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelors degree in political science from Kenyon College.