Betty Thurber Rhoades, Esq.

Director of National Capital Relationships

Betty began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in May of 2005, after being selected as a Presidential Management Fellow. Her article, “Seamless Transition: Important Information for Veterans and Those Who Serve Them,” was published in the May 2007 issue of the Maryland Bar Bulletin.

Subsequently, she transferred to the Atlanta Regional Loan Center (RLC) as a Specially Adapted Housing agent. Betty also served as the SAH Coordinator and the Assistant Valuation Officer at the Atlanta RLC. She was selected as the Chief of Specially Adapted Housing in January of 2013. Her article, “Specially Adapted Housing and Occupational Therapy: A Natural Partnership,” was published in June 2015 issue of Home and Community Health Special Interest Quarterly, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. As SAH Chief, notable accomplishments included successfully completing a full-scale assessment, revision, and deployment of the SAH policy manual; conducting in-depth, in-person training at eight field offices, focusing on customer service and empowering employees; and planning and executing the first-ever non-profit round table meeting, during which training was provided to and feedback was solicited from various charitable organizations with related missions. Betty’s dedication to Veterans led to record numbers of SAH grant approvals and also to her eventual promotion to the Executive Management Officer (Chief of Staff) to the Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity in 2016.

Betty earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005 with a Concentration in Business Transactions. While in law school, she served on the staff of the Tennessee Law Review and received the National Association of Women Lawyers award and a Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Community Service. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia, where she graduated cum laude, with honors, in 2002. She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Betty is a licensed attorney in good standing in both DC and Maryland. She is also a leader of the Alumni Council at the UT College of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cycling, gardening, and watching sports, especially hockey – let’s go Caps! She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and her rescued pit bull.

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