Jessie Handforth Kome
Director - Government and Public Sector Advisory

Based in the Washington, DC area, Jessie Handforth Kome leverages her nearly four decades of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leadership experience in community development, neighborhood stabilization, disaster recovery, and program innovation to advise Government and Public Sector clients on strategic initiatives.

Jessie Handforth Kome

Office | 301-280-3748

Bethesda, MD

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Experience and credentials

Adept at resolving complex policy issues, developing and implementing program budgets, negotiating grant-management performance metrics, and overseeing major mixed financial/grant performance management IT systems
Key stakeholder for the development, iterating, and launch of the multi-billion-dollar CDBG Disaster Recovery and Neighborhood Stabilization Programs
Extensive experience with the HUD Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), including serving as Director of HUD’s Office of Block Grant Assistance
Broad executive-level CDBG experience includes overseeing a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of grant and loan guarantees for community and economic development, affordable housing, Consolidated Plan, and resilience
Oversaw major long-term disaster recovery grant programs including the Section 108 loan guarantee program, lower Manhattan program ($3.483 billion), and Gulf Coast program ($19 billion)


Master of Regional Planning, City and Regional Planning – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, International Studies – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill