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2019 Legislative Conference Program





NALHFA Legislative Conference

September 16-18 | Washington D.C. | National Press Club

All sessions on Tuesday, September 17 will be held at the National Press Club 

529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045


*Schedule is tentative and subject to change

 Monday, September 16 NALHFA Headquarters
 1:00–3:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting
 3:30–4:30 PM Legislative Committee Meeting
 5:00–6:30 PM

Networking Happy Hour

Location: Teddy & The Bully Bar

*This is an informal networking gathering for conference attendees

 Tuesday, September 17   National Press Club
 7:30 AM–5:00 PM Registration
 8:00–9:00 AM

Washington Briefing Breakfast


NALHFA’s Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from Congressional staff, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and back at home. They will also provide an overview of the current atmosphere on Capitol Hill and with the Trump administration. 



  • Lara Muldoon, Senior Tax and Economic Advisor, Office of Senator Maria Cantwell
 9:00–10:00 AM

Turning Adversaries Into Allies

Speaker: Sally Kohn, CNN Political Commentator and Columnist


With hilarious personal stories alongside poignant findings from science and  research, Sally takes audiences on a journey to understand why we divide against one another — and the harm it does to our culture, our businesses and ourselves.  And then points the way forward, giving audiences concrete steps for how they can combat hate and division in their own minds and in their lives. Sally will also offer her insights into the current political atmosphere and a preview of the 2020 presidential election.


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 10:00–10:15 AM Networking Break
 10:15–11:00 AM

NALHFA Washington Update & Issues Briefing


NALHFA’s Policy Director and Legislative Committee Chairwoman will report on new and forthcoming legislative and regulatory updates. Get the latest on affordable housing program funding, housing finance reform efforts, and other legislative and regulatory issues.


  • Elizabeth Strojan, Vice President of Government Affairs, NYC Housing Development Corporation & NALHFA Legislative Committee Chair 
  • Katelynn Harris, Policy Director, NALHFA
 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Policy Session: Taking A Deeper Dive Into Opportunity Zones


This session will cover the most recent developments of the Opportunity Zones (OZ) tax incentive including next steps from Treasury after the latest round of OZ guidance, progress from the White House Council on Opportunity and Revitalization, recommended practices to maximize the impact of OZs, and a better understanding the impact of new investments on existing community residents.


Facilitator: Katelynn Harris, Policy Director, NALHFA



  • JP Delmore, Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs, National Association of Home Builders
  • Ben Hobbs, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
  • Daniel Kowalski, Counselor to the Secretary, US Department of the Treasury
  • Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Strategy, Economic Innovation Group
 12:00–1:30 PM

Keynote Speaker & Networking Luncheon


Join this session for a candid discussion with senior HUD officials from single family and multi-family offices about the latest updates and insights on the crucial affordable housing programs local housing finance agencies administer.  This is an incredible opportunity to hear their thoughts on HUD’s affordable housing initiatives and the challenges and opportunities facing HUD and local HFAs.


  • Gisele Roget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, Federal Housing Administration
  • Lamar Seats, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing, Federal Housing Administration
 1:30–2:30 PM

Policy Session: Exploring GSE and Housing Finance Reform


Join our panel of experts who will share their insights into housing finance reform and explore the potential impact it could have on GSEs and the housing finance industry. During this session you will learn about the current environment for finance reform, reform concepts being considered, and you will be able to participate in an open dialogue on how any reform could impact the housing industry.


Facilitator: Rich Froehlich, EVP and General Counsel, New York City Housing Development Corporation



  • Ed DeMarco, President, Housing Policy Council
  • Dr. Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • Bill Killmer, Senior Vice President – Legislative and Political Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association  
 2:30–2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45–3:45 PM

Policy Session: Latest on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit


During this session you will hear from industry and advocacy experts on a number of policy issues regarding the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program including the reintroduction of Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019, Housing Credit hot topics, and the latest on tax legislation in Congress that will help build more affordable housing across the country.


Facilitator: Elizabeth Strojan, Vice President of Government Affairs, NYC Housing Development Corporation 



  • Emily Cadik, Executive Director, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
  • Bob Moss, National Director of Governmental Affairs, CohnReznick 
  • Mark Shelburne, Housing Policy Consultant, Novogradac
3:45–4:45 PM

Closing Keynote: State of the Nation's Housing Report 

Speaker:Dr. Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies


Dr. Herbert has extensive experience conducting research related to housing policy and urban development, both in the U.S. and abroad. A key focus of his research has been on the financial and demographic dimensions of homeownership, and the implications for homeownership policy of the recession, housing bust, and foreclosure crisis. Having previously worked at the Center in the 1990s, Herbert rejoined the Center in 2010 from Abt Associates, to serve as the Director of Research. In this role, Dr. Herbert led the team responsible for producing the Center’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing and its biennial America’s Rental Housing reports, essential resources for both public and private decision makers in the housing industry. 


4:45–6:00 PM Networking Reception
6:00 PM Dinner on Your Own
 Wednesday, September 18   
 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

NALHFA's Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill


Your elected officials rely on hearing from their constituents to keep them apprised of the affordable housing crisis and to provide real-world feedback on how legislative and agency actions impact local communities. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and/or meet with federal agency representatives to discuss critical industry issues and concerns. For assistance in making appointments contact Katelynn Harris

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