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2019 Annual Conference Speaker




2019 NALHFA Annual Conference

May 15–18 | Denver, CO | Hilton Denver City Center

Climbing to New Heights: Unique Solutions for Affordable Housing




Mark Boud

Senior Vice President & Chief Economist


Mark Boud formally organized Real Estate Economics in 1995. In 2015, REE greatly expanded its capabilities by merging with Hanley Wood/Metrostudy, highly respected national real estate data and consulting firms. Mr. Boud continues to lead Real Estate Economics while also serving as Chief Economist for Hanley Wood. REE’s goal continues to be the promotion of intelligent and successful development of real estate throughout the United States by an effective understanding and forecast of the economic cycle. In doing so, Mr. Boud and his team conduct hotel, retail, office, custom and master planned residential, and age targeted market research throughout the nation. Clients include Cal Atlantic Homes, Bank of America, Lennar Corporation, Shea Homes, IHP Capital Partners, William Lyon Homes, Cityview, Partners Bank, Newland Communities, Rio Tinto, DMB Inc, Starwood, Alexander Baldwin, Queen Lili’uokalani Trust, Kamehameha Schools, Pulte/Del Webb, 1st American, Sunbelt Holdings, Rancho Mission Viejo, and The Irvine Company.


Most recently, Mr. Boud and his team have completed market, feasibility and fiscal impact studies, asset valuation reports and land plan optimization reports for commercial and residential developments for The Queen Lili’uokalani Trust on the Big Island (Hawaii), Rio Tinto at Daybreak (Salt Lake City, UT), A&B Properties on Oahu and Maui, Newland Communities in Seattle, Atlanta and the Carolinas, Lennar Communities in Anaheim and Irvine (Orange County, CA), DMB in Arizona and the California Bay Area, and Cal Atlantic Homes in California and Florida.



Amy Case

Housing Colorado

Board Chair


Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the nation, and for hundreds of thousands of its residents, quality housing is priced out of reach. Housing inventory is low and costs continue to skyrocket. Currently, over 25% of Coloradans spend more than 50% of their income on housing, putting these residents at financial risk and destabilizing their communities. Housing Colorado is a comprehensive industry association that is dedicated to serving professionals who are designing, developing and increasing support for affordable housing in Colorado.

In addition to her role as Chair, Amy also serves as the Controller for the Grand Junction Housing Authority where she directs the Finance and Accounting Department for an agency that has a portfolio of over 1,100 vouchers, 6 supportive programs, 700+ residential units including Section 8, 202, LIHTC, and market rate units in addition to previous management of her agency's HUD approved housing counseling program, which served hundreds of households in Northwest Colorado.


Henry Cisneros

Former HUD Secretary, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Principal of Siebert, Cisneros, Shank & Co. LLC.


In 1981, Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. Between 1993 and 1997, he served in the Clinton administration as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a national policy maker, Secretary Cisneros played a key leadership role in launching successful urban revitalization efforts across our country and initiating policies which contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. Secretary Cisneros is the Founder and Chairman of the CityView companies, which have partnered in building more than 7,000 homes in 13 states. He currently serves as Principal and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., a full-service investment banking and financial services company. Until recently, he served on the advisory board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Secretary Cisneros continues to lead as one of Americas most prominent advocates for homeownership and inclusive urban development.


Britta Fisher

Chief Housing Officer

City & County of Denver


Britta Fisher was appointed as Chief Housing Officer for the City & County of Denver by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in June 2018. She has been involved in affordable housing in the Denver area since 2000, serving primarily in the non-profit sector. 
Fisher, who also serves as Chair for the State Housing Board, most recently served as the Executive Director of mpowered, an organization providing financial coaching and transformation.  Fisher spent the prior 11 years at Localworks in Wheat Ridge, supporting revitalization through community and economic development strategies and tools. 



Maren Kasper

Acting President & COO

Ginnie Mae


Maren Kasper was named Acting President, EVP and Chief Operations Officer of Ginnie Mae in January 2019. She is responsible for all operations for Ginnie Mae’s $2.0 trillion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). In this capacity, Ms. Kasper oversees the fulfillment of Ginnie Mae’s core mission - connecting global bond investors with domestic mortgage borrowers while providing oversight of Ginnie’s MBS issuers. Ms. Kasper joined Ginnie Mae as Executive Vice President in June 2017 and managed all aspects of business and policy development related to Ginnie Mae’s daily operations.

Ms. Kasper previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She advised the Secretary on a broad range of housing and community development strategic priorities – ranging from housing finance and the securitization market, to public housing and budget initiatives. Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Kasper served as a Director at Roofstock, a real estate tech company based in Oakland, California. While at the company, she led efforts focused on business development and fund management. Before joining Roofstock, Ms. Kasper worked for Dwell Finance, a Blackstone-owned real estate lender, and Wells Fargo Securities, Equity Research. Ms. Kasper received a B.S. from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.


Diane Yentel

President & CEO

National Low Income Housing Coalition


Diane is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Diane is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, NPR and The Guardian. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference, the Coalition on Human Needs, and Homes for America, and has a Masters in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin.



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