Berkadia Affordable, Mortgage Banking

Heather Olson, Managing Director, specializes in Affordable Housing debt originations with a focus on developments that utilize low-income housing tax credits and tax-exempt bonds.  Since 2012, she has been directly involved in over $1 billion of loan financings from various capital sources, including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, life companies, and HUD.

Prior to joining Berkadia, Ms. Olson served as Senior Director at Walker & Dunlop. She joined W&D through the acquisition of CWCapital in 2012.  While at W&D, Ms. Olson assisted in originating Freddie Mac’s first ever Tax-Exempt Loan (“TEL”), a debt structure that leads the industry in 4% LIHTC debt financing.

Ms. Olson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Kennesaw State University and earned her Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2014. She was honored in 2018 as a Young Leader by Affordable Housing Finance and with the 2019 Women with Vision Award.  She is an alumni member of MBA’s Future Leaders Class of 2019 and was awarded ULI Atlanta’s Emerging Leader award in 2020.

Beyond the company, Ms. Olson is a member of the Board of Directors of HOPE Atlanta. HOPE Atlanta is one of Georgia’s oldest non-profits whose mission is to make homelessness in Georgia rare, brief and non-recurring. She is also an active supporter of two non-profits the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance and Goshen Valley Boys Ranch.

Education & Certifications

  • Kennesaw State University, BBA Finance
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

Affiliations & Memberships

  • MBA’s Future Leaders Class of 2019

Awards & Notability

  • ULI - Atlanta’s Emerging Leader Award (2020)
  • Affordable Housing Finance - Women with Vision Award (2019)
  • Affordable Housing Finance - Honored Young Leader (2018)
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