Diane Louard-Michel joined Unique People Services (UPS) in January 2017 as the agency’s Senior Director of Real Estate & Development. She brings approximately three decades of experience providing innovative strategies for community development across New York City.
At UPS, Diane is responsible for the management of UPS’ supportive and affordable housing projects, overseeing acquisition and development coordination, as well as operating and service budgets. She works collaboratively with UPS’ Board of Directors and other stakeholders, exploring new funding for real estate projects, while fostering community engagement to build potential partnerships. Additional responsibilities include hiring and directing architects, contractors, consultants and attorneys and overseeing the agency’s facilities and maintenance department.
Prior to joining UPS, Diane led a distinguished 20-year career at Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) where she executed large-scale housing finance projects and provided strategic direction, program oversight and management of a $3M program budget. She also served as a lead advisor on program modeling for the New York/New York III Agreement, a $1 billion city/state initiative to finance nearly 10,000 supportive housing units for underserved populations. In addition, Diane helped launch a CSH Chicago start-up that sparked an increase in supportive housing production and nonprofit industry growth.
Diane currently serves on the boards of Project Hospitality and Community Access, advising on housing, finance and community matters. She holds a B.A. in Architecture from Yale College and an M.S. in Historic Preservation (Urban Planning) from Columbia University.