Claire Russ

Claire Russ

Senior Manager


BDO Philadelphia Office



Executive Summary

Claire Russ is a Senior Manager and Trainer for BDO PHA Finance. She is responsible for the Property Management & Operations portion of the BDO PHA consulting practice, as well as business development, client service and quality control.
Prior to joining BDO PHA Finance, Claire was a Property Manager at 1260 Housing Development Corporation, the second largest provider of affordable housing in Philadelphia. She managed a portfolio of scattered-site, multifamily units, working with behavioral health and HIV-diagnosed head(s) of households.
Claire has over 13 years of experience in managing low-income and affordable housing. She assists her clients with best-practice compliance solutions and asset management. Her services include policies and procedures, conducting organizational assessments, development of site-based budgets, creation of cost allocation plans and non-performing property plans, development of site metrics, and providing staff training.
Claire is a co-editor and contributor to the Property Management Spotlight section of the monthly e-newsletter, the BDO Advantage Update. She develops and runs workshops that focus on Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) compliance, budget development and basic financial linguistics, with many course tracks designed specifically for non-financial managers and their staff. She has presented educational sessions at regional and state conferences of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations (NAHRO), as well as various state and national Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) events.
Claire is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the state of Pennsylvania (escrowed), a certified Public Housing Manager (PHM) and a graduate of the Temple Real Estate Institute (REI).

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations (NAHRO)


B.A., English Writing, University of Pittsburgh

Community Involvement

Women’s Medical Fund, Volunteer