Christopher C. Houston is a Principal of the law firm of Salzmann Hughes, P.C. and serves as Senior Advisor to GMS. Working in close collaboration with GMS’ multi-disciplinary team, Chris offers GMS clients extensive experience in creating opportunities to maximize the efficient utilization and timely delivery of various federal, state and local assistance, development, and incentive programs to ensure successful completion of complex community and economic development projects. His experience includes assisting communities and developers in all aspects of project development, including program design, funding application preparation and submission, program implementation, and administration/compliance.
Chris’ background includes a 33+ year legal career, with service at the top level of state government, as Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Chief Counsel of the $27 billion Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System.
Preceding his Commonwealth service, Chris served as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of the County of Cumberland, where he oversaw the implementation and administration of various housing, community and economic development projects and programs in Perry and Cumberland Counties. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Chris served in a variety of positions with the Authorities, including Assistant Director, General Counsel and Director of Real Estate Development. Previous to Chris’ public service he was in private law practice.