Ohio Economic Forecast Plenary

Tuesday, November 6: 9:00am – 10:30am

(Len) Carl Kiefer from Freddie Mac joins Dr. Ned Hill, Rob Vogt and Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington for the annual conference discussion of current and future economic and demographic trends, housing markets and the health of the housing industry.

Session Materials:

Ohio Economic Forecast Plenary Presentations (3.23 MB Adobe PDF File)

Room Number:

Union Station Ballrooms


Holly Holtzen, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Holly Holtzen is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in overseeing all of OHFA's programs and operations. She began her career with OHFA as the Director of Research and Strategic Planning leading all research and planning activities to advance affordable housing policy. Prior to joining OHFA, she was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Sealy Center on Aging where she examined social factors associated with health outcomes among underserved populations. Dr. Holtzen earned a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Old Dominion University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Troy State University.


Edward (Ned) Hill, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Affairs and City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
Edward (Ned) Hill is Professor of Public Affairs and City & Regional Planning at The Ohio State University where he teaches economic development, public economics, and state and local public policy in The John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He is also affiliated with the Ohio Manufacturing Institute and the College of Engineering's Discovery Theme in Materials and Manufacturing for a Sustainable World. Ned served as Dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University for eight years and was a member of the faculty for 30 years. He was a nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program and of the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He was chair of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 until 2010 and is a member of the program's research committee.

Robert Vogt
Partner, Vogt Strategic Insights
Robert Vogt is a principal and partner with the real estate market analyst firm of Vogt Strategic Insights, a firm specializing in providing real estate market feasibility studies and project consulting located in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Vogt has conducted market feasibility studies for the past thirty years. In this time, he has conducted, written and reviewed over 7,000 market analyses for market-rate and affordable Tax Credit apartments, as well as studies for single-family, condominiums, golf course/residential developments, office, retail, and elderly housing throughout the U.S. Mr. Vogt is a founding member of the National Council of Housing Market Analysts, an association formed to bring standards and professional practices to real estate market feasibility. He is a past chairman of this association. Mr. Vogt is a member of the Columbus Board of Commission Appeals and a member of the Urban Land Insitute. Mr. Vogt has a degree in Finance, Real Estate, and Urban Land Economics from The Ohio State University.

Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington
Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis, National Association of Home Builders
Danushka Nanayakkara is the NAHB Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis. She oversees the activities of the Forecasting & Analysis section of the Economics group which includes developing and maintaining national, regional, long-term, and remodeling expenditures forecasts. Before being promoted to Assistant Vice President, she worked at NAHB as a Senior Economist. Prior to joining NAHB, Danushka worked at J.D. Power as a Senior Economic Analyst in the automotive industry. She holds a M.A. degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Leonard (Len) Carl Kiefer
Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist, Freddie Mac
Leonard Kiefer was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Economist in December 2012. As the Deputy Chief Economist, Kiefer is responsible for primary and secondary mortgage market analysis and research, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting. Kiefer is also involved in the analysis of policy issues affecting the housing industry. Kiefer is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences around the country. Kiefer has also been quoted in the national media as an expert on the subject of housing economics. He is a member of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and the American Economics Association. Kiefer joined Freddie Mac in 2009 as a Senior Economist. He was previously an assistant professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he conducted research on macroeconomics and monetary policy. He has also taught economics at The Ohio State University and finance at George Mason University. Kiefer holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD from The Ohio State University.