Frank S. Alexander is the Sam Nunn Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. He has served as co-founder and General Counsel of the Center for Community Progress (2009-2011), Interim Dean of the Emory Law School (2005-2006), and as Visiting Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University (2007). His courses include Property, Real Estate Finance, State and Local Government Law, Law and Theology, and Federal Housing Policies. The author of over fifty publications in the fields of real estate finance, law and theology, and community development, his recent publications include Land Banks and Land Banking (2011);Georgia Real Estate Finance & Foreclosure Law (2011-2012 edition); Land Banking As Metropolitan Policy (2008); Louisiana Land Reform in the Storms’ Aftermath (2008); Housing Trust Funds for Local Governments in Georgia (2002), Tax Liens, Tax Sales and Due Process (2000); Renewing Public Assets for Community Development (2000); and Inherent Tensions Between Home Rule and Regional Planning (2000).
Founder of Emory University's Law and Religion Program in 1982, Professor Alexander's work in recent years has focused on community development and affordable housing. From 1993 to 1996, he served as a Fellow of the Carter Center of Emory University, specializing in neighborhood redevelopment activities and low-income housing in conjunction with The Atlanta Project. He served as a Commissioner of the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless from 1994-98, and served as an advisor to the residents of East Lake Meadows in the redevelopment of the public housing project. In May, 2008 he testified before Congress on the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and in November, 2009 on strategic initiatives to address the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
Professor Alexander is past Chairman of CredAbility (formerly known as the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta), a non-profit community service agency providing consumer credit counseling, and of Community Friendship, Inc., a non-profit psycho-social rehabilitation program for the seriously mentally ill. Professor Alexander received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.