Helena Cunningham 


Ms. Cunningham is the founder and CEO of National Housing Consultant Services, LLC (NHCS).  NHCS is a full service housing and community development consultant firm.  We work closely with non-profit, for-profit developers and organizations to promote home ownership, housing and community development, project management, preservation of affordable housing and sustainable quality communities for low- and moderate- income persons.   

Ms. Cunningham was formerly the NHP Foundation’s (NHPF) Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the affordable housing programs in the Gulf Coast Region. She oversaw the rehabilitation of 1,000 units and the development of 2,000 new units of multifamily affordable housing in the region, at an estimated cost of $300 million.

As the former President and Appointing Authority of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, Ms. Cunningham began her career with the Agency as its General Counsel from November 1997 until she filled the position of Vice President in December 1999 and subsequently elected President in April 2001.  

Holding a certification as a Certified Public Accountant and a Juris Doctorate degree, Ms. Cunningham has combined her education with over 15 years of varied experience in financing, development and construction of low to moderate and mixed income housing.  Bringing her unique perspective of seeing development from government’s viewpoint, as well as a private developer, she has the ability to understand the goals and objectives of the state and translate that into real measurable outcomes.

Ms. Cunningham's affiliations include membership in the American Bar Association, the National Association for Bond Lawyers, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association.  She has served on the advisory committee for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, Baton Rouge LISC and Mid South Delta LISC.  Currently, Ms. Cunningham serves as a board member for the East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, as well as a member of theExecutive Committee of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers.  She is married; mother of two and an active member of many social and community organizations.