Elinor Bacon has more than 35 years experience in housing, real estate development and community development in the public and private sectors. She established DC-based E.R. Bacon Development in 2002. The firm’s focus is on urban infill; mixed-use, mixed-income development; affordable housing; and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

In 2001, as the first President and CEO, Elinor Bacon launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), a public real estate development corporation established by the Washington DC Council, with the mission to spur economic development throughout the District, primarily in neighborhoods of need. From 1997 through 2000, Bacon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public Housing Investments. In this capacity, she administered the $4.2 billion HOPE VI Program to transform severely distressed public housing and the lives of residents, and other Public Housing Capital Programs with annual appropriations of approximately $2.5 billion.

Before joining HUD, Bacon had a private real estate development and consulting firm for 12 years in Baltimore, Bacon & Company. Earlier, she worked in the public sector in housing and community development, on the City and Federal levels of government, and for The Johns Hopkins Hospital as Community Development Director. She worked in the congressional campaign of Parren J. Mitchell, the first African American Congressman from Maryland, and served as his Legislative Assistant.

Bacon has a Master of Arts Degree in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The New School for Social Research, New York City. She is a member of The Urban Land Institute, The Congress for the New Urbanism and the DC Building Industry Association. She serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland Graduate Real Estate Program. Bacon co-chaired a Task Force for the Reauthorization of HOPE VI, established at the request of Senator Barbara Mikulski, MD, and served on the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, the Development Industry Advisory Council to the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and the DC Mayor/Council Workforce Intermediary Task Force. She received the 2004 Seaside Prize for her work in HOPE VI.