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Robert Poznanski serves as senior counsel in Ice Miller’s Business Group.
He represents business and non-profit clients, specifically in managing innovative and complex incentive and project finance transactions. He concentrates his practice on using federal, state and local economic development incentives to provide project and working capital financing to businesses and non-profit organizations.
Bob has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development finance. Before joining Ice Miller, Bob served as senior vice president of the New Markets Support Company, a subsidiary of the Local Initiatives Support Company (LISC), a non-profit organization that works to improve distressed communities across the country. Since 2013, Bob managed LISC’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, securing more than $1 billion in federal and state NMTC awards, which LISC used to finance more than 100 high-impact community development transactions creating about ten million square feet of commercial and community space, generating 15,000 jobs and serving over 26,000 students, 200,000 patients and one million other low-income community residents.
In his earlier role as a senior program director, Bob helped LISC’s rural program provide funding and technical assistance to non-profit, community development corporations in seven mid-western states. Bob first joined LISC as a program officer, assisting community development corporations in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Bob began his legal career practicing corporate and real estate law with a large firm in the Pacific Northwest after clerking with a federal district court judge in Memphis, Tennessee. He also served as an assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice, engaged in impact litigation for Michigan Legal Services and taught community economic development law as an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan Law School, where he also supervised students providing legal services to community development corporations in Detroit through the Program for Legal Assistance to Urban Communities. In addition to law practice, Bob has worked on the low-income housing tax credit program for the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department and has provided project development consulting services.
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