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Faculty and Fellow Profiles

Terri  Montague

Terri Montague

McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Law

Areas of Expertise

Affordable Housing; Community Development; Public Policy; Sustainability; Real Estate Finance and Development; Economic Justice; Public Theology

Curriculum Vitae

Terri Montague is the McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellow & Senior Lecturer in Law at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. A multi-disciplinary scholar and thought leader, Montague brings to her scholarship and teaching twenty years of professional experience in the corporate, nonprofit, faith-based, and government sectors. Montague joined Emory from the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she served as program counsel for federal housing and community development programs and closed on $1.14 billion in federally assisted or FHA-insured residential, mixed-use, and healthcare transactions. Most recently, Montague helped HUD develop guidance and tools to systematically embed an equity framework and redress inequities in HUD policies and programs, pursuant to the President’s Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.”

In previous positions, Montague was the founding president and chief executive officer at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., where she launched and led early implementation of the transformative $4.8+ billion BeltLine project that is enriching Atlanta with parks, trails, affordable housing, transit, environmental remediation, and economic development. Montague also formerly served as president and chief operating officer at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national provider of capital and expertise for affordable housing and community revitalization efforts; and as a principal at Lend Lease Real Estate Investment, Inc. a global institutional real estate investment advisor and manager.

Montague’s past board appointments include Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council, Fannie Mae’s Housing Impact Advisory Council, Freddie Mac’s National Community Advisory Board, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Sustainable Atlanta Initiatives Advisory Board, Southern Environmental Law Center, The Next American City Advisory Board, and The Trust for Public Land Real Estate Council.

Montague earned joint Juris Doctor and master’s in theological studies degrees at Emory University. Additionally, Montague earned master’s degrees in City Planning and in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. Montague is licensed attorney, registered mediator, and certified LEAN/Six Sigma (Green Belt) change leader.