2012 CBR Citizen of the Year - Amy Klaben

Amy Klaben, Citizen of they Year

The Columbus Board of REALTORS® (CBR) recently honored Homeport’s CEO/President Amy Klaben as its 2012 Citizen of the Year for her long-time commitment of service to the community and for her support of the real estate industry.
As only one award is made annually in this category, this prestigious award is recognized as a sign of excellence throughout the real estate industry. 

Klaben’s passion for giving back led her to Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP) where she served as a volunteer for eight years and was on the Board of Directors for three years. 

As head of CHP, now known as Homeport, Klaben is responsible for the management of all aspects of this 25 year old nonprofit housing organization, including the development and implementation of all new construction and rehabilitation of single and multi-family rental and homeownership projects; the homebuyer education and economic literacy programs that serve approximately 2,500 people annually; and the asset management of the 2,000-unit rental portfolio that houses 5,100 people, and includes resident service programs. 

She also oversees the AmeriCorps Vista and AmeriCorps Community Building Programs; works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to ensure fiscal accountability of the organization; and serves as Homeport’s spokesperson. 

Before coming to Homeport, Klaben practiced law at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur for 13 years, and was a partner at the firm for four years. Her areas of expertise were in real estate and corporate law, with concentrations in commercial and residential transactions, apartment management and financing.

In the community, Klaben currently co-chairs the NeighborWorks National Real Estate Advisory Committee; and is a member of the Franklin County Community Advisory Committee; the Community Housing Capital Board of Directors; and JPMorgan Chase National Community Advisory Board. She also serves as secretary for the Housing Council and is a former member of the National Enterprise Foundation Advisory Board.
Klaben comments, “I am honored to be the recipient of this award, but this is a team honor – from my staff to our Board of Trustees to the Columbus Board of REALTORS® who helped get us started 25 years ago – we have all worked together to make the impossible happen every day for central Ohio families looking for safe, decent and affordable housing.”

Klaben graduated with honors from both Capital University where she received a B.A. degree and from Northeastern University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate.

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