Dr. Judith Kovisars has been a member of the Housing Authority of the City of Winter Park since 1992. She chaired the Commission from 1994-2004. During this time the Authority acquired Winter Park Oaks, expanding its mission to include mixed income affordable housing.
Dr. Kovisars was previously the founding director of the Fannie Mae Central Florida Partnership Office, which invested billions of new debt and equity financing into the local affordable housing sector. Prior to that she was the founding Executive Director of the Central Florida Community Reinvestment Corporation, the first not- for -profit lending consortium in the State of Florida. She has been a lecturer and visiting professor at Rollins College. Currently, Dr. Kovisars is an advisor and consultant for housing and community development to for-profit, government and not-for-profit entities.
Included in her wide range of community service posts, she has served as chairman of the City of Orlando Housing Advisory Committee, and the Orange County Housing Advisory Committee. She has served as a board member of the Florida Community Loan Fund, and The National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders. She was a founding trustee of the Florida Real Estate Foundation and was a trustee of the former Orlando Opera.
Dr. Kovisars has received numerous awards for her work in housing and community development in Central Florida including the Ron Aker Award, Mid-FL HBA Community Builder Award, SERC Presidents Creativity Award and the George W Martin Community Award.
She is the author of numerous articles in her field including the APA Award of Excellence for, “Housing Plan for the City of Dallas.” Her doctoral dissertation was published as a book, ”Obituary for a Hometown”, and as an essay “Cities of the Garden State.”