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I am such a huge Detroit Lions fan, that my mini Goldendoodle’s name is Calvin Johnson, the megadoodle. You can follow him on Instagram.
Lisa Vargo
Partner, CPA


I specialize in assisting for-profit and not-for-profit housing and community development entities and government housing authorities. My clients appreciate my extensive knowledge of real estate, community development, various real estate funds, and tax incentives, as well as my experience with multiple governmental agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). I have a reputation for working closely with my clients to help them achieve their goals in an effective manner.

Because I’m passionate about community development, it’s been gratifying to be a part of the growth of Plante Moran’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) group. Expanding our core services nationwide, including consulting on opportunity zones and other tax incentives, has fueled our position as the fastest-growing real estate niche within the firm. As our client base expands, so do opportunities for staff development. Colleagues know me as someone who’s invested in their professional enrichment — therefore, I’m always seeking assignments that challenge upcoming team members.

I’ve been asked to speak at housing conferences about topics ranging from tax incentive issues like the opportunity zone program to various housing and urban development areas. I have a bachelors degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Wayne State University. I belong to the AICPA and the Michigan Association of CPAs.

My family knows how much I love Michigan summers. I love spending time with my kids outside and enjoying the sun whenever I can.