Rodger A. Hara
The roots of the Hara family were planted in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado over a hundred years ago where his grandfather, an immigrant from Japan, began farming. Rodger is a graduate of the University of Denver and has 40 years’ experience in affordable housing finance and development.
In the public sector, he has held senior positions at the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. and Denver, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and the Denver Housing Authority. In the private sector, he has worked for mortgage companies in Washington, D. C., Boston and Denver.
He began providing consulting services to public agencies and nonprofit and for-profit clients around the west twelve years ago from his home base in Denver. A member of the Boards of the Sam S. Bloom and Recovery Foundations, he is a frequent speaker at conferences, has lectured on affordable housing for the University of Colorado and University of Denver Law and Business Schools and is developing an affordable housing curriculum for several local universities. For several years, he has been a member of the faculty of the Urban Land Institute Real Estate Development Initiative, a program that seeks to expand real estate finance and development knowledge among women and people of color in Denver. He is curator of and contributor to the Affordable Housing Spotlight section of the Colorado Real Estate Journal Multifamily Properties Quarterly. He was an instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School for over 20 years and a member of the Board of Trustees for five years.
Rodger lives in Denver with his wife and two dogs, sings in and manages an Irish band, is a contributing writer for the Celtic Connection newspaper and is DJ for KGNU Boulder Community Radio programs featuring Celtic and Big Band music.