Sean Raft Joins the Novogradac OZ Working Group

by Angela S. Hwang, on Jun 10, 2020 10:16:46 AM

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We’re thrilled to share that our very own Chief Administrative Officer and Partner, Sean Raft, has been admitted as a member of the Opportunity Zones (OZ) Working Group

What is The Opportunity Zones (OZ) Working Group? 

The OZ Working Group was founded in 2017 by Novogradac to develop consensus-based solutions to technical OZ incentive issues and provide recommendations to make the incentive more efficient in delivering benefits to distressed communities. 

Why this matters 

Sean will be part of the group that will be advising the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, members of Congress and other federal and state agencies on best practices and practical applications for the Opportunity Zone Program. 

Let’s hear from the key stakeholders on why they chose Sean 

“We are pleased to welcome Sean and look forward to the contributions he will make to the working group. With his experience as a lawyer and work with Urban Catalyst, Sean is well-suited to join the working group's efforts to ensure the right incentives are in place to foster projects that help revitalize distressed areas.” - Michael J. Novogradac, CPA, managing partner of Novogradac & Company - 

“Novogradac’s OZ Working Group provides industry stewardship and invaluable insight into how the Opportunity Zone program can best improve communities it serves. Sean’s deep expertise, direct experience, and perspective will prove to be a tremendous asset to the Working Group and its important mission.” - Kelsey Lemaster, Partner, Tax Practice at Goodwin Proctor, LLP - 

Learn more about Sean! 

Sean Raft_CAO_WebsiteSean Raft is a seasoned professional with substantial experience in real estate, law, and securities. He provides senior fund management through supervision, analysis, and advice on company structure, compliance, accounting, finance, and legal strategies and oversight of relationships with the company’s outside third-party consultants specializing in those practice areas. Prior to joining Urban Catalyst, he served as portfolio manager of a real estate trust with more than $100 million in assets. Sean earned his juris doctorate after graduating summa cum laude from Santa Clara University of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Georgetown University. 

"I am honored to join the working group. I look forward to contributing first-hand insight from my work with Urban Catalyst and playing a role in addressing the emerging legislative and economic issues relevant to OZs.” - Sean Raft-

 

                        

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