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Bakari G. Lee

Education

Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.

Florida A&M University, B.S.

Bar Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court - District of New Jersey

 

Memberships

American Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Past Basileus (President), Jersey City Chapter

Volunteer Program Administrator, Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program

Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College

Trustee Liaison for Commencement, Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College

Executive Committee, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, 2011-2018

Chair, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, 2011-2014

Executive Committee, Association of Community College Trustees, 2013-2018

Chair, Association of Community College Trustees, 2016-2017

Board of Directors, Association of Community College Trustees, 2011-2018

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, Affordable Housing Panel, The Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment, 6.17.21

Keynote Speaker, Kente Graduation, Hudson County Community College, 12.7.20

Novogradic Conference, Miami - 2019 Affordable Housing Conference: Using RAD and the LIHTC, 1.19.19

Novogradic Conference, San Francisco - 2018 Credit and Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference, 5.16.18

Novogradic Conference, Philadelphia - 2018 RAD Public Housing Conference, 4.26.18

Bakari Lee is Interviewed on One on One with Steve Adubato - One on One with Steve Adubato; 11.05.14

Commencement Speech, Atlantic Cape Community College

Commencement Speech, Bergen Community College

Commencement Speech, Warren County Community College

Recognition & Award

M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award, 2023

Ronald D. Winthers Community College Trustee Leadership Award, 2023

Board of Directors, Association of Community College Trustees, 2011-2018

Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award, 2015

Honorary Associate of Arts degree, Atlantic Cape Community College

Education

Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.

Florida A&M University, B.S.

Bar Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court - District of New Jersey

 

Memberships

American Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Past Basileus (President), Jersey City Chapter

Volunteer Program Administrator, Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program

Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College

Trustee Liaison for Commencement, Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College

Executive Committee, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, 2011-2018

Chair, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, 2011-2014

Executive Committee, Association of Community College Trustees, 2013-2018

Chair, Association of Community College Trustees, 2016-2017

Board of Directors, Association of Community College Trustees, 2011-2018

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, Affordable Housing Panel, The Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment, 6.17.21

Keynote Speaker, Kente Graduation, Hudson County Community College, 12.7.20

Novogradic Conference, Miami - 2019 Affordable Housing Conference: Using RAD and the LIHTC, 1.19.19

Novogradic Conference, San Francisco - 2018 Credit and Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference, 5.16.18

Novogradic Conference, Philadelphia - 2018 RAD Public Housing Conference, 4.26.18

Bakari Lee is Interviewed on One on One with Steve Adubato - One on One with Steve Adubato; 11.05.14

Commencement Speech, Atlantic Cape Community College

Commencement Speech, Bergen Community College

Commencement Speech, Warren County Community College

Recognition & Award

M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award, 2023

Ronald D. Winthers Community College Trustee Leadership Award, 2023

Board of Directors, Association of Community College Trustees, 2011-2018

Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award, 2015

Honorary Associate of Arts degree, Atlantic Cape Community College

Biography

Bakari G. Lee’s primary practice area is special counsel services for affordable housing transactions involving low and moderate-income housing tax credits, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and other federal, state and local financing programs, for public housing agencies and private developers alike. In recognition of this experience, Bakari was recently appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York where he currently serves as Vice Chairman. Bakari has also served as bond counsel to multiple clients at hte state, county and local level, as well as providing underwriter and trustee counsel services. In addition, Bakari provides general counsel services to public and private entities involving a wide array of issues. Bakari also serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Bakari Lee is an active advocate for education. In 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College, and currently serves as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. Nationally, Bakari served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) from 2011-18, on its Executive Committee from 2013-2018 and as its CHair from 2016-2017. He also served as Chair of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) from 2011-2014 and served on its Executive Committee until 2018. Bakari was also awarded an honorary Associate of Arts degree by Atlantic Cape Community College for his work in the community college sector. Bakari has given commencement speeches at Warren County Community College, Bergen Community College and Atlantic Cape Community College. He was recently recognized by ACCT with the M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award, the most prestigious national recognition in the field, and by NJCCC with its Ronald D. Winthers Community College Trustee Leadership Award.

Prior to joining McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, in 2003, Bakari was a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Dean Donohue of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Division. Before joining the Territorial Court, he was a Senior Financial Analyst in the Animal Health Division of Pfizer, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately supporting the division’s business development and strategic planning initiatives.

Bakari is active in several social and civic organizations. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Past Basileus (President) of the Jersey City Chapter. Bakari is also the Volunteer Program Administrator for the Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program. He is also the proud recipient of the 2015 Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award and was recognized in 2018 by the New Jersey Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association as an “Alumni Making a Difference”.

News

01.24.24

MS&B Partner Bakari G. Lee Awarded the M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award

MS&B Partner Bakari G. Lee, has been awarded the M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. This award is considered the ACCT's most prestigious national recognition in the field.

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12.19.23

2023 Municipal Trends and Opportunities - Affordable Housing

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09.20.23

Bakari Lee Awarded the ACCT 2023 Trustee Leadership Award for the Northeast Region

MS&B Member Bakari G. Lee has been awarded the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2023 Trustee Leadership Award for the Northeast Region.

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08.16.22

MS&B's Diversity Officer Completes Cornell University's Certificate Program

MS&B is proud to announce that Member and Chief Diversity Officer Bakari G. Lee, Esq., has completed Cornell University’s Building a Diverse Workforce certificate program.

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