Mission First Housing Group

Real Estate Development Team Bios

by Mission First Housing

Sarah Constant, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development
As Senior Vice President of Mission First, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the company’s development and construction business lines. She is charged with managing development projects, building client relationships, and pursuing development opportunities throughout Mission First’s footprint. She is also responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations in the mid-Atlantic. To date, she has closed more than $450 million worth of deals during her career and has numerous projects in development.

Sarah currently serves as Board Chair of HAND. HAND is a nonprofit membership collective comprised of over 450 institutions working across the private, public and social sectors to collaborate in the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond.

Sarah has been working in the affordable housing industry since 1991 and in the DC – Metro area since 1997 (as a principal of MissionFirst Development, LLC). Prior to joining MissionFirst, Sarah spent two years working for the Community Banking Group at Fleet Bank in Boston. There she originated more than $10 million in investor-owned real-estate transactions in targeted CRA markets, creating and preserving 600 units of affordable housing in the Boston market. Sarah also managed the city of Boston’s multi-family rental and homeownership programs including HOME, CDBG, and the Neighborhood Housing Trust. In addition, she secured almost $40 million in McKinney Act funds for the City’s homeless programs.

Sarah holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sue McPhedran, Director of Development, Philadelphia Region
Sue manages projects in the Philadelphia region, coordinating the activities of internal and external members of the development team to ensure projects move through predevelopment and development to completion as smoothly as possible. Sue is involved in determining the feasibility of new opportunities, securing project financing, interacting with public sector representatives, obtaining approvals, closing with all funding sources, and working to ensure development is completed on schedule and on budget. Sue represents Mission First in various external forums including conferences, panels, and professional organizations.

Prior to joining Mission First, Sue was at an affordable housing development consulting firm where she supported a broad range of clients—nonprofit and for-profit—to conceptualize and implement affordable housing and other community development projects from start to finish. Sue also worked at a leading community development financial institution, where she managed the affordable housing group, oversaw technical assistance and consulting activities, served as a housing lender.

Sue is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Askew Everhart, Senior Development Manager, DC/MD region
As Senior Development Manager, Elizabeth oversees project feasibility, predevelopment, financing, and construction, as well as fulfills all project regulatory requirements for properties.

Prior to joining Mission First, Elizabeth worked in the environmental investigation and remediation field, aiding in the redevelopment of brownfield properties in the Chicago area. Elizabeth has also worked with the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget and the Oregon Department of Transportation, specializing in policy and performance analysis.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Duke University, and dual Masters’ degrees in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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