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2019 Legislative Conference Speakers





NALHFA Legislative Conference

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


Keynote Speakers:


Sally Kohn

CNN Political Commentator and Columnist

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. The author of The Opposite of Hate (April 2018, Algonquin) and host of State of Resistance podcast, Sally is a CNN political commentator and columnist. Before that, she was a Fox News contributor — and before that worked for over 15 years as a community organizer.  Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine,,, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets. She's also a popular keynote speaker and frequently leads media and speaking skills workshops for grassroots activists and corporate leaders.

Previously, Sally was Senior Campaign Strategist with the Center for Community Change, a 45-year-old hub of grassroots organizations nationwide. Sally served as co-director of ideas and innovation for the Center, helping lead the pioneering Campaign for Community Values, producing a nationally televised Presidential candidate forum in 2008, developing a new media organizing project on health care reform in rural communities and spearheading several other initiatives.

Before that, Sally held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants to social justice organizations nationwide. She was also strategic advisor to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, a private network of 25 top program staff from some of the nation’s most prominent foundations, working to identify a shared strategy and coordinate grantmaking.  Before that, Sally served as Executive Director of the Third Wave Foundation, the leading young women’s organization in the country. She was also a distinguished Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, where she published a groundbreaking guidebook for organizing campaigns to win domestic partnership benefits. Sally also worked as a consultant with the Urban Justice Center, publishing a report on the experiences of gay youth in the New York juvenile justice system.



J.P. Delmore

Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs

National Association of Home Builders

J.P. Delmore is an assistant vice president for government affairs at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where his legislative focus is tax policy. He has worked for NAHB since August, 2003. Prior to joining NAHB, Delmore spent nearly 5 years on Capitol Hill, and also served as the deputy director of the Governor of Pennsylvania’s Washington Office. 



Ben Hobbs

Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy

Ben Hobbs is the Domestic Policy Council’s lead on Opportunity Zones; working with the Department of the Treasury on implementing regulations and 16 other agencies as part of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. Ben’s portfolio also includes work on affordable housing, entrepreneurship, and welfare reform. Prior to joining the Domestic Policy Council, Ben served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Public and Indian Housing at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben‘s career also includes various roles in both the private and non-profit research sectors, and he holds a Masters in Social Science from the London School of Economics.
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