Christiana Foglio of Community Investment Strategies, Inc. Named Panelist for Atlantic Builders Convention

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  • Atlantic City, NJ (1888PressRelease) February 14, 2012 - Christiana Foglio, founder/owner and chief executive officer of Community Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc., has been named a panelist for the 63rd Annual Atlantic Builders Convention to be held from Wednesday, March 28 through Friday, March 30. The three-day event, being hosted at the Atlantic City Convention Center, is sponsored by the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA).

    Foglio will participate in a 90-minute seminar beginning at 11 a.m. on March 28 entitled: "New Developments in Affordable Housing." The program will provide an update on New Jersey's affordable housing industry, with time included for a Q&A session and networking.

    "Affordable housing policy can be an effective catalyst to improve the economic conditions within many cash-strapped towns and serve as the economic engine for local business," said Foglio. "By viewing affordable housing as an economic development tool, municipalities can begin to address critical issues and existing conditions for all residents."

    As the region's largest builder trade show, the convention will bring together leading decision-makers from developers to contractors. The event is expected to attract roughly 6,500 attendees, and more than 450 exhibitors. For more information, visit the event website at

    Since its founding by Foglio in 1994 as a woman-owned business, CIS has developed a broad spectrum of multi-family properties, ranging from garden apartments to mid- and hi-rise complexes, valued in excess of $350 million. The company's diverse portfolio includes more than 2,000 apartment-rental units located throughout New Jersey.

    As CEO, Foglio spearheads and oversees all of the company's development, construction and property management activities related to multi-family housing and mixed-use redevelopments. An industry veteran with more than 25 years experience in the private and public sectors, she specializes in real estate developments and housing initiatives that reflect each community's vision, needs and character.

    Prior to forming CIS, Foglio served in the administrations of Governor Florio and Governor Whitman as executive director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). In this role, she was responsible for more than $1 billion in multi-family bond financing and creating the state's Housing Policy. She also served as chairperson of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing. Prior to her tenure at NJHMFA, she served as President of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, a not-for-profit real estate development company located in New Brunswick, N.J., implementing over $300 million of urban redevelopment projects. During her tenure, she is credited with creating the foundation of New Brunswick's economic rebirth.

    Foglio is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a bachelor of arts in economics and a master's degree in city and regional planning, with a concentration in housing finance and economic development. A licensed planner in the State of New Jersey, she is a highly sought-after guest speaker who has garnered numerous business and industry awards, including the PlanSmart NJ Van Zandt Community Involvement Award; Urban Land Institute's Edward J. Bloustein Award for Exemplary Achievement in Civic Leadership; New Jersey Business of the Year; Top Woman-Owned Business in New Jersey; and was named among the Top Women in Business.

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