Ayanna Wayner
Project Manager
The NHP Foundation

Ayanna Wayner joined NHPF in 2018 as a Project Manager focused on real estate development. Ms. Wayner is an attorney with 15 years of experience in real estate, strategic planning, affordable housing and economic development in both the public and private sectors.  Ms. Wayner began her career practicing banking and project finance law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


Prior to NHPF, Ms. Wayner served as Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development for the City of New Rochelle as well as the Executive Director of both the city’s Industrial Development Agency and Corporation for Local Development. In these roles she worked to usher-in a massive $4 billion downtown revitalization and redevelopment project through a partnership with, RXR Realty, a premier private real estate development firm. The project began with a significant planning and rezoning effort of 300 acres and encompasses several million square feet of new residential, commercial, office and retail uses, generating new jobs and millions in new revenue for the city.


Ms. Wayner previously held positions with both NYS and NYC housing agencies. As Assistant Counsel at the State of New York Mortgage Agency’s Mortgage Insurance Fund, she provided credit enhancements on mortgage loans and bonds for the acquisition, rehabilitation and permanent financing of affordable housing developments. With the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation & Development Ms. Wayner served as a Program Manager overseeing affordable housing preservation initiatives.


As a full-time attorney, Ms. Wayner practiced affordable housing law with Goldstein Hall, PLLC, involving low-income housing tax credits, federal and state funding and assisted non-profit and for-profit clients on joint ventures and complex mortgage loan closings. 


Ms. Wayner earned a J.D. at Columbia Law School and a B.S. at Barnard College and serves on the boards of Westhab and World Connect.