Housing Policy Plenary

Wednesday, November 7: 9:00am – 10:30am

Attend this session to hear national housing experts discuss current affordable housing issues and their predictions for the future of housing.


Hal Keller
President, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Mr. Keller has been with Ohio Capital Corporation since its inception; first as Director of Development and then as President since 1993. Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing is an independent non-profit corporation created with the assistance of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in 1989. Hal oversees all corporate policy and fiscal affairs, including securing corporate investors for Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity funds and coordinating efforts to develop housing projects receiving equity investment from the Ohio Equity Funds. To date, Ohio Capital Corporation has raised more than $4 billion in corporate equity for LIHTC projects involving more than 800 transactions and 45,000 units of affordable housing in Ohio and Kentucky. OCCH also provides services on a range of affordable housing issues to state and local governments, financial institutions, public housing authorities, property management companies, as well as local non-profit and for-profit developers. OCCH has an affiliated property management and supportive services organization, Community Properties of Ohio Management Services, a lending subsidiary, Ohio Capital Finance Corporation, a certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), and philanthropic arm, Ohio Capital Impact Corporation. Hal has been involved in affordable housing for over 40 years as a consultant to state and local governments, an administrator of state and local housing programs, and as a neighborhood organizer and tenant advocate. He holds Master of Arts degrees in both Public Administration and Social Work from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Science from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Keller serves on the boards of a variety of organizations including the YMCA of Central Ohio, Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio Housing Council, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio and PACT (Partners Achieving Community Transformation). He also serves on the boards of several national affordable housing trade associations.


Michael Novogradac
Managing Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP
Michael Novogradac is the managing partner of Novogradac & Company LLP. He has more than 30 years of experience specializing in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy. Mr. Novogradac's focus is in real estate taxation and accounting. He is the author of numerous real estate-related tax and accounting articles and books, including the New Markets Tax Credit Handbook and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Handbook. A frequent speaker at tax credit conferences and forums throughout the country, Mr. Novogradac is very active in advocating for the inclusion of affordable housing, historic, new markets and renewable energy tax credits in federal and state policy and broadcasts a weekly podcast that focuses on tax credit issues. In addition, he serves as advisor on industry and governmental affairs for the NMTC Working Group, LIHTC Working Group and the Opportunity Zones Working Group. Mr. Novogradac also serves on the executive committee of the Housing Advisory Group and the boards of directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the National Housing Conference, the NMTC Coalition and Historic Tax Credit Coalition, as well as being an original member of the National Multifamily Housing Council's Affordable Housing Committee. Mr. Novogradac graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor's degree in economics. He received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California, Oregon, Maryland and Texas as a certified public accountant. You can follow Michael on twitter @novogradac and his blog at www.novoco.com/blog.

Stockton Williams
Executive Director, National Council of State Housing Agencies
Stockton Williams was appointed Executive Director of the National Council of State Housing Agencies in March 2018, having worked for the organization for five years at the beginning of his career. Stockton has held senior leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors throughout a career dedicated to expanding housing opportunity. He has been an advisor to many local communities across the U.S., an author of original research, a speaker at industry events around the country, and a frequent commentator in the media on a wide range of real estate and economic development issues. Stockton was previously executive vice president of content and executive director of the Terwilliger Center for Housing at the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Before joining ULI, Stockton was Managing Principal of HR&A Advisors' Washington, D.C., office. He previously served as Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also held senior leadership positions at Enterprise Community Partners, Living Cities, and with an affordable housing developer. Stockton holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Princeton University.

Marietta Rodriguez
President and CEO, NeighborWorks America
Marietta Rodriguez is the President and CEO for NeighborWorks® America, a national, congressionally-charted nonprofit. NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities in all 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In this role, Rodriguez works with senior executives and nationally renowned experts to leverage the power of public-private partnerships. She has a proven record of leadership and accomplishment, creating and executing strategic initiatives that address some of the toughest challenges facing low income families: homeownership, foreclosure prevention, community building and engagement. Rodriguez is the executive responsible for leading NeighborWorks America's programmatic support to its 245 member organizations and non-profit partners. Whether capacity building, technical assistance, grant management or relationship management, she has met or exceeded metrics for success while developing and mentoring her staff at all levels. Her notable accomplishments include:

– Managing the national down payment assistance program totaling over $300 million to support 15,000 new homebuyers since 2012;
– Creating an innovative business practice that enables member organizations to operate their homeownership programs sustainably, with a supporting, shared infrastructure for marketing, technology and financial management. Participating member organizations increased homeowners by 64% while decreasing service delivery costs 43%, and increasing revenue by 101% over their own baseline.
– Positioned NeighborWorks America as a leader in executing timely housing solutions by anticipating and identifying the biggest foreclosure crisis in American history. Launched the NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions, forming new industry partnerships focused on building capacity for housing counselors, working with servicers and government agencies on systemic changes in loan modification execution and building consumer awareness.

Rodriguez created and managed multi-channel marketing campaigns that drove awareness and helped achieve business and community goals. She raised more than $10 million to develop and distribute a multi-media foreclosure prevention campaign in conjunction with Ad Council, resulting in over $89 million in donated media placements. Rodriguez also developed and managed a multi-year Loan Scam Alert Campaign, resulting in over $22 million dollars in donated media placements. Rodriguez also formed and managed a coalition of federal enforcement agencies, nonprofits and local governments focused on sharing critical information on mortgage scam tactics and community impact. Rodriguez has managed an annual budget comprised of congressionally appropriated funds and private investments exceeding $140 million. For 15 years, Rodriguez has participated in the development of NeighborWorks America's budget justifications that included testifying before the Office of Management and Budget. In Rodriguez's 20 years with NeighborWorks America she has fostered and motivated a diverse results-oriented team of professionals from across the country. A strong communicator and subject matter expert, Rodriguez was named an expert witness by the Federal Trade Commission in three areas of specialty: mortgage finance, credit repair and loan modification. Rodriguez is an established national spokesperson whose media credentials include CNN Money, Fox Business, CBS Evening News, ABC Nightly News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Mortgage News, Market Watch- National Public Radio, American Banker and Stanford Social Innovation Review. The purchase of her first home, aided by a down payment assistance program from the local NeighborWorks Organization became a defining moment and a call to action in Rodriguez's life. Rodriguez was elected to the board of the nonprofit housing organization, giving her insights to housing programs and services, which provided exposure to all the programs and services being offered to the community. After three years, Rodriguez was offered a full-time position there, responsible for designing and delivering pre-purchase and mortgage services. Rodriguez understands directly and personally how significant programs and services are to anyone looking to become a homeowner. Four years later, Rodriguez joined the staff of NeighborWorks America, then known as Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, in the Denver regional office. While in Denver, Rodriguez worked with 22 NeighborWorks network organizations in 7 states in building capacity in serving first-time homebuyers at scale. After leading several large scale regional projects, Rodriguez was promoted to lead NeighborWorks national effort to implement a Section 8 to homeownership program. In 2007, Rodriguez was promoted again to a position where she was responsible for leading all the Corporation's national homeownership promotion, preservation and lending efforts. As a NeighborWorks Organization staff member to numerous roles at NeighborWorks America at both regional and national levels, Rodriguez has lived the mission of NeighborWorks, personally and professionally. Rodriguez holds a BA from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois in International Relations and Spanish and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government /NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence Program. A resident of Washington, D.C. she enjoys live music of all kinds, travel, reading and movies.

John Santner
Regional Vice President, Midwest Region, NeighborWorks America