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Left Column – Clients

Community and Economic Development

WFN offers a variety of products and services including housing studies and assessments, Consolidated and Comprehensive Planning documents, expert stakeholder engagement and citizen participation activities, meeting all facets for successful program planning and implementation.

Fair Housing

As subject matter experts in the field of Fair Housing, WFN routinely provides training and education for housing industry stakeholders and elected officials and strategic consulting as it relates to compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

Nonprofit Consulting

WFN’s Nonprofit Consulting practice offers expertise in areas including organizational structure, board selection and recruitment, governance, grant writing and compliance, M & A, and reorganization strategies and tactics.

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Fair Housing

As experts in Fair Housing, WFN routinely provides training for industry professionals and elected officials along with strategic consulting on compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

Expert Witness

WFN has been called on to prepare materials, serve as expert witnesses and provide litigation support in court cases involving complex HUD regulations on eligible uses, administrative costs and compliance with Fair Housing and other cross-cutting requirements.

Left Column – WFN Leadership


W. Frank Newton (1941-2015)

A legend in the Community Development field, Mr. Newton was instrumental in creating public-private partnerships and strengthening social-service infrastructures in Cobb and Gwinnett County. On the national level, he lobbied on behalf of his clients on Capitol Hill to secure additional grant funding. His encyclopedic knowledge of how Congress operated was simply without peer.

Mr. Newton was a visionary who saw the need for community development practitioners to form an organization to give them a voice in Washington. This resulted in the creation of the National Association of County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) which today represents the interests of those working with HUD Grant Programs at the county level.


Robert “Nick” Autorina
President and CEO

Nick Autorina, President and Chief Executive Officer joined WFN in 1998 and has broad experience in the management and administration of federal grant entitlement programs.

Mr. Autorina has created various quantitative tools for the community development field such as the Community Asset Gap Analysis™, the Housing Opportunity Zone Matrix, and the Investment-Based Efficiency Model. He has authored various professional papers as well. He is a principal trainer and featured speaker at local and national workshops and conferences on emerging programmatic and regulatory issues relevant to the Community Development practitioner.

He has been called on to prepare materials or serve as an expert witness in both Federal and State Court cases involving HUD regulations regarding eligible uses, the Fair Housing Act, and other cross-cutting requirements.

Mr. Autorina earned a Bachelor of Science from Brenau University and a Juris Doctor from Taft University School of Law. He is credentialed by the Georgia Supreme Court as a licensed mediator in the State of Georgia.