Teresa M. Santalucia



Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2002, Member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

University of Rochester, BA, 1996, Take Five Scholar

Teresa Santalucia's practice focuses on a wide range of affordable housing and community development activities.  She regularly assists both public and private clients with a variety of HOPE VI, mixed-finance, public housing, and community development projects throughout the country.

Teresa also counsels community organizations and addresses the concerns of both newly formed and well-established nonprofit entities, including nonprofit mergers and collaborations, the taxation of unrelated business income, and governing board structure and responsibilities.  She also negotiates and implements joint-venture and conflict-of-interest policies and advises on nonprofit compliance issues at both the state and Federal level.

Prior to joining Klein Hornig in 2004, Teresa was an associate at Goodwin & Procter, LLP, where she focused on mergers, electronic commerce, and consumer protection law.  Before beginning her legal career, she served as the Director of the DC Emergency Assistance Fund, a public-private emergency housing assistance program, where she worked collaboratively with District agencies, the Mayor's office, and social service agencies throughout the greater Washington, DC area.  Teresa has held other nonprofit management positions involving international economic development, education, and social services, both in Washington, DC, and in Cochabamba, Bolivia.


  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • Provided counsel to the ARC of Blackstone Valley in Rhode Island regarding the establishment of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) housing development entity, transfer of physical assets, and refinancing of Section 202 and Section 811 projects
  • Provided counsel to a tri-county government council in Arizona regarding the corporate structure, nonprofit incorporation, and recognition of Federal tax exemption for an entity involved in an innovative affordable-housing, green-building initiative
  • Represented a local YWCA agency in the incorporation and federal exemption of an affiliate development entity
  • Provided counsel to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth regarding the submission of a response to a Request for Proposals and subsequent real estate closing for a parcel of land in Carver, MA
  • Represented a Massachusetts public housing authority in the mixed-finance redevelopment of a state-aided public housing development
  • Prepared incorporation documents and 501(c)(3) application for a Section 202 senior housing development in Franklin, MA
  • Provided closing and transactional assistance to development corporations developing affordable housing permitted under the Massachusetts comprehensive zoning statute, Chapter 40B
  • Provides counsel and project management to an Illinois housing authority in the six-phase HOPE VI/mixed-finance revitalization, which includes rental and homeownership components as well as a community center
  • Provided supporting HUD counsel and transactional representation to a private developer for a HOPE VI/mixed-finance transaction in Washington, DC
  • Provided counsel to a large housing authority in Maryland in the development of a 400-unit mixed-rental and homeownership development
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyers Clearinghouse, Board Member
  • Boston Bar Association Tax-Exempt Organization Steering Committee, Committee Member
  • Hanson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Hanson, MA, Elected Member and Vice-Chair
  • Green Hanson, Hanson, MA, Executive Board Member
  • Hanson Agricultural Commission, Hanson, MA, Appointed Member
  • Panelist “Tax-Exempt Issues for Nonprofit Entities,” American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development – May 2016
  • Co-Chaired the BBA Continuing Legal Charitable Board Service Program – April 2016, 2014 & 2013
  • Facilitated workshop entitled “Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3) Entities,” Boston Private/Lawyers Clearinghouse – February 2016
  • Facilitated workshop entitled “Corporate Governance and Compliance,” Urban Edge Housing Corporation Partners Training – December 2015
  • Facilitated workshop entitled “Where is the Line between the Board Duties and the Management Responsibilities of a Not-for-profit?” Nonprofit Legal Seminars Lawyers Clearinghouse – October 2015
  • Facilitated workshop entitled “Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards: 101,” Jericho Road Lawrence/YWCA Board Training – May 2015
  • Facilitated workshop entitled “Federal HOME Funds and CHDO’s: Understanding the New Regulations,” ABA Forum “Boot Camp” on Affordable Housing and Community Development, Philadelphia, PA – September 2014
  • Moderated panel entitled "How to Help Your Nonprofit Clients More Effectively" – March 2014
  • Facilitated corporate governance and compliance seminar for Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership Board of Directors – February 2014
  • Conducted a series of workshops for City of Boston grantees regarding nonprofit compliance issues – 2013 and 2014
  • Conducted workshop for City of Lawrence CDBG grantees entitled "How to Reinstate and Maintain Your 501(c)(3) Status," Lawrence, MA – July 2012