Opportunity Zone Roundtable

Thursday, November 8: 9:30am – 11:30am

Ohio has 320 census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones by the Internal Revenue Service. Join this roundtable to learn more about the new investment vehicle, and debate what impact it may have on affordable housing in our state. Experts will be on hand to guide the discussion and provide their predictions for roll out and program impact.

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Carlie Boos, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Carlie J. Boos, Esq. is the Program and Policy Manager at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency where she develops the Qualified Allocation Plan, oversees the Ohio and National Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plans, and creates other affordable housing tools. Previously, she directed housing and economic recovery programming, including the Neighborhood Initiative Program and Save the Dream Ohio. After graduating from the Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ms. Boos practiced as a consumer rights and housing attorney and consulted for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's faculty on consumer rights issues.

Kelan Craig, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Kelan Craig is the Director of the Office of Planning, Preservation and Development at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), leading the day to day functions of the office and providing oversight over affordable housing developments during the construction process. Prior to joining OHFA, he served as a Compliance Specialist for housing and community development programs at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). Kelan also served as Housing Preservation Coordinator at COHHIO, undertaking housing preservation program planning, implementation and evaluation as part of the Ohio Preservation Compact, a joint effort between the OHFA, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) and COHHIO to preserve thousands of affordable housing units across the state. Kelan earned a dual degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University and also holds Master Degrees from Ohio State University in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy and Management.


Matt Peters, Ohio Development Services Agency
Matt Peters is the Assistant Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. As Assistant Director, he oversees day-to-day operations of the agency. The Ohio Development Services Agency was created in 2012 to provide oversight and coordination of economic development in the state. This includes support of JobsOhio as the private, non-profit organization designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. Development Services monitors and evaluates the return on investment of publicly funded incentives. Peters was promoted to the position from Governor John R. Kasich's office where he served as Assistant Policy Director for Economic and Workforce Development. Peters had served as Chief of Staff at Development Services from 2013-2014 and as Senior Policy Advisor at the Ohio Department of Commerce, 2011-2013. From the private sector, Peters brings knowledge of healthcare and nonprofit organization having worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He has served the General Assembly as legislative aide to the Chair of the Senate Judiciary-Civil Justice Committee. A native of Bucyrus in Crawford County, Peters received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Mass Communications from The Ohio State University. He and his family reside in Gahanna, Ohio.

Brian Graney, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Mr. Graney joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in February 2017 as Vice President of Fund Management. Mr. Graney is responsible for managing the upper-tier projections used in OCCH's multi-investor and proprietary investor housing tax credit funds and helping to structure OCCH funds to meet targeted yields. Prior to joining OCCH, he was Director of Acquisitions at Scioto Properties where he assisted with managing a nationwide portfolio of residential real estate devoted to individuals with disabilities. For more than three years, Mr. Graney also served as Associate and Assistant Vice President at Lancaster Pollard where he was responsible for underwriting and processing FHA/FNMA/USDA agency debt transactions in the affordable housing and healthcare sectors. Mr. Graney holds his Juris Doctorate, cum laude and Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Aaron Clapper, Greater Ohio Policy Center
Aaron is a Project Manager at Greater Ohio Policy Center, assisting the organization in the advancement of a statewide agenda for revitalization and sustainable growth in Ohio's communities. Presently, Aaron's project focus is on coalition building, advocacy, and education surrounding two policy focuses: Opportunity Zones and brownfields redevelopment. Aaron earned his Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in Chicago, where he worked in both public and private sector positions during his program. Prior to his time in Chicago, Aaron graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Throughout Aaron's academic and professional experiences, Aaron has worked on numerous policy issues. Immediately prior to his work at Greater Ohio Policy Center, Aaron's policy focus was on the human services sector.