Jonathan L. Wolf is the founder and CEO of Wendover Housing Partners LLC, a Florida-based, privately-held real estate development, investment and management company. He oversees the strategic direction of both Wendover Housing Partners – which consists of a portfolio of affordable and market-rate multi-family communities, senior housing, transit-oriented communities and student housing – and Wendover Management, which provides full-service property management.
Jonathan began his career in finance with The Chase Manhattan Bank and Citigroup in New York City. In 1995 he founded Wendover Housing Partners, which he has helped build into one of the premier multi-family housing development companies in the Southeastern U.S. Wendover’s focus is on creating a new stock of affordable housing, targeting economically and socially diverse neighborhoods. To date, Wendover has completed numerous multi-family communities worth a total value of more than $1 billion. Jonathan actively works at the local, state and national levels to encourage lawmakers and governments to take the necessary measures to address the critical need for affordable housing nationwide. His success in developing affordable housing communities has earned him the reputation of being a leading authority in the use of low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). He also has expertise in creating public-private partnerships to bring housing developments to fruition.
Beyond his business interests, Jonathan, along with his wife Nancy, are committed to a variety of philanthropic efforts both locally and globally.
Locally, the Wolfs helped facilitate the opening of an art exhibit, “A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean,” a collaboration between the Orlando Museum of Art and The American University in Cairo that features artworks by 21 U.S.-based artists of Arab and Iranian heritage. This exhibit is one of the few instances that a cultural institution in the Middle East is holding a simultaneous exhibition with a U.S. museum.
On an international scale, Jonathan and Nancy created a partnership between the University of Central Florida and The American University of Cairo in April 2018, paving the way for a reciprocal study abroad agreement, the Nancy and Jonathan Wolf Global Academic Initiative. This agreement was brought about thanks to the support and encouragement of the Wolfs, who believe the partnership between these two prestigious universities will help foster greater understanding of the broader U.S.-Egypt relationship. In addition to the student exchange component, the Wolfs also support other areas of cooperation, including faculty visits, exchanges and development programs.
Jonathan also serves on a variety of charity, educational and civic boards in addition to lecturing at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Working alongside university presidents of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF), Jonathan helped secure long-term funding from the Florida Legislature for the 29 ICUF institutions. His other Florida legislative initiatives include funding for the development of the Florida Special Olympics headquarters and training facility, as well as various affordable housing initiatives. Jonathan has been active in the ground up development of an Orlando-based Holocaust museum.
Jonathan is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also studied at The American University in Cairo, where he currently serves a member of the AUC Board of Trustees.
Step Up has been in a partnership with Wendover Housing Partners since 2015. Wendover Partners and Step Up opened Warley Park, an 80 permanent supportive housing project in Sanford for homeless families and chronically homeless individuals. It is the first permanent supportive housing project in Seminole County. The project leased up in March of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, and the project provided homes for hundreds of people who were living on the street, and provided the safety of their own home as a refuge from the risks of the pandemic.