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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.


Dr. Chris Herbert

Managing Director

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Dr. Chris 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.

Dr. Herbert was named managing director of the Center in 2015, and oversees the Center’s diverse sponsored research programs, its local and national conferences and symposia, as well as its student fellowship programs, designed to help train and inspire the next generation of housing leaders. He is also a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Department of Urban Planning and Design.




Emily Cadik

Executive Director

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition

Emily Cadik is the Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC), a trade organization of housing professionals who advocate for affordable rental housing financed using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). Prior to joining the AHTCC, she was a Senior Director of Public Policy at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led policy and advocacy related to the Housing Credit and other affordable housing and community development issues, and served on the board of the AHTCC. While at Enterprise she helped to lead the A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) Campaign, the nationwide coalition of more than 2,000 organizations and businesses advocating on behalf of the Housing Credit, and remains active in this nationwide advocacy effort. In 2017 she received the NHP Foundation’s inaugural Advocacy Award, and in 2016 was named one of Affordable Housing Finance's Young Leaders. Before joining Enterprise she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as a program coordinator for the Moving to Work demonstration and in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.




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. 







Ed DeMarco


Housing Policy Council

Ed DeMarco is President of the Housing Policy Council. Prior to joining HPC in June 2017, Ed was a senior fellow in residence at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets. 

From 2009 to 2014, Ed was acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), where he served as the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and regulator of those companies and the Federal Home Loan Banks. He has been named HousingWire Magazine’s Person of the Year for his impact on housing finance. He was chief operating officer and senior deputy director of the FHFA and its predecessor agency from 2006 to 2009.

His career in public service includes positions at the Social Security Administration, the Treasury Department, and GAO. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. 





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.




Bill Killmer

Senior Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs
Mortgage Bankers Association

Bill Killmer is Senior Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). A veteran of over twenty five years in the housing arena, Bill is responsible for managing the real estate finance industry's legislative, grassroots, and political fundraising activities, in close coordination with the MBA member leadership and its public policy and lobbying teams. He directs MBA's outreach to Congress, and is a regular guest speaker on the intersection of politics, policy, and industry issues.
Previously named one of CEO Update's trade association Top Lobbyists, Killmer joined MBA in July 2010, after nearly twenty years in the policy space at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). During his NAHB tenure, Killmer served as the association's Chief Lobbyist and, more recently, as Executive Vice President for Advocacy, managing all aspects of the group's public policy outreach. He previously served as a Senior Legislative Officer for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor during the George H.W. Bush administration.




Daniel Kowalski

Counselor to the Secretary

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Mr. Kowalski has 30 years of experience in fiscal policy at the federal, state, and local levels of government.  Secretary Steven Mnuchin appointed Dan Kowalski to serve as Counselor to the Secretary in March 2017.
Previously, Mr. Kowalski served as Deputy Staff Director of the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee.  He also served as the Director of Budget Review for the Republican staff of the House Budget Committee.  In those two positions, Dan Kowalski helped shepherd several balanced budgets through the U.S. Congress.  
In state government, Mr. Kowalski worked as Director of the Legislative Budget Office for the Missouri General Assembly and as the senior individual income tax analyst with the Republican staff of the Finance Committee for the New York State Senate.  




Bob Moss

Principal, National Director of Governmental Affairs



Bob Moss leads CohnReznick’s federal and state government relations efforts with a focus on the affordable housing industry. In this capacity, he helps to protect client interests in the affordable housing industry through the legislative process. Bob operates out of CohnReznick’s Boston and DC-metro offices.

Bob has 30 years of affordable, multifamily housing experience that includes syndication, preservation and development, debt financing, tax credit applications, and property management. He currently serves as Vice President of the National Leased Housing Association, an organization serving both public and private organizations in the affordable multifamily rental housing field. He is also active with the Council of Independent State Housing Associations (CISHA), the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, and the ACTION Rental Housing Campaign. His extensive industry and government experience includes serving as the Chairman of the non-partisan Housing Advisory Group which is active in preserving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program in Congress. He has also served as the Federal Legislative Subcommittee Chair for the Housing Credit Group of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bob also serves as president of the National Leased Housing Association.


Bob has testified before the full House Ways and Means Committee on tax credit reform and residential real estate hearings, as well as Senate and House Subcommittees on affordable housing issues. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Affordable Housing Hall of Fame by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. In addition, he was honored with the Daniel M. Grady Memorial Award by NAHB for his commitment to advocacy. Prior to joining the Firm, Bob was Senior Vice President and Director of Origination, Affordable Housing, for Boston Capital.




Rachel Reilly

Director of Impact Strategy

Economic Innovation Group

Rachel Reilly serves as EIG's Director of Impact Strategy, leading the organizations work to support communities, policymakers and investors in their efforts to catalyze sustainable economic growth across the country through Opportunity Zones and other forward-thinking initiatives. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Impact Investing at Enterprise Community Partners where she expanded community investment opportunities for people and businesses. Rachel was at the helm of Enterprise’s engagement with Opportunity Zones, and her portfolio of work included leading Enterprise’s $100 million debt offering – the Impact Note – in addition to policy and advocacy activities related to impact investing. She has a Master’s in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland, and served two terms as an elected representative in Washington, D.C.




Gisele Roget

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing

Federal Housing Administration

Gisele Roget is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing at the Federal Housing Administration. In this capacity, Ms. Roget oversees an insurance-in-force portfolio of 8 million loans with an unpaid principal balance of $1.2 trillion for the world’s largest mortgage insurer. Ms. Roget’s responsibilities include directing and implementing homeownership policy for the Trump Administration as well as active management of FHA’s credit risk.  In her role, Ms. Roget manages all aspects of FHA’s Single Family Housing operations including origination and servicing policy, information technology strategy and lender enforcement.
Prior to joining FHA, Ms. Roget held senior roles in the Global Government Relations division of MetLife where she directed legislative and policy strategy for the largest U.S. life insurer. From 2007-2014, Ms. Roget served on the Professional Staff of the Committee on Financial Services, United States House of Representatives where she worked on the development, implementation and oversight of key housing and financial services legislation including the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.




C. Lamar Seats

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing

Federal Housing Administration

C. Lamar Seats joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May 2018 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs.  Lamar brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial, market and affordable multifamily mortgage banking through his previous leadership roles with various lending institutions.

Immediately before beginning his Federal career with HUD, Lamar was a Managing Director at M&T Realty Capital Corporation where he was responsible for multifamily agency loan production with FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.  Prior to that, he was CEO of Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC, Senior VP of Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., and Senior VP of Reilly Mortgage Group, respectively.




Mark Shelburne

Housing Policy Consultant


Mark Shelburne is a housing policy consultant with Novogradac. He is based in Raleigh, N.C., and works nationally. His work includes consulting with state agencies, local governments, equity providers, lenders, attorneys and developers on topics including allocation, compliance, HOME, revitalization, supportive housing and tax-exempt bonds. Mr. Shelburne is widely regarded as a top expert on these topics and frequently presents on them to statewide and national audiences. He also develops educational/training material and writes for various publications. Shelburne previously served as director of the Office of Housing Finance and Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, counsel and policy coordinator at the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and as a housing policy consultant for Novogradac. In these three capacities, Shelburne has revised 22 qualified allocation plans, testified before Congress, provided resources to create more than 25,000 affordable rental homes, and led work resulting in four national awards.
He also testified before Congress, advised U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) headquarters staff on new activities, worked with many other state allocating agencies and wrote a book on the LIHTC program. Before that, Mr. Shelburne was the general counsel of a LIHTC equity investor and an attorney in private practice. He has degrees in law, planning, and public policy from the University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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