Housing Policy Plenary

Tuesday, 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.

Session Materials:

Housing Policy Plenary Presentations (3.72 MB Adobe PDF File)

David Smith
Founder and Chairman, Recap Real Estate Advisors
For four decades, Recap's founder and chairman, David Smith, has been a national (and now global) innovator, entrepreneur, and thought leader in affordable housing, and Recap (www.recapadvisors.com) has been recognized as the nation's best at spotting, designing, and then executing replicable transaction models to add value, improve affordable housing, and strengthen communities. David and Recap have led the invention of workouts (1970s), resyndication (1982-85), preservation (1988-96), mark-to-market (1996-2002), renewed affordability (2001-now), and most recently (2012+) public housing revitalization via the RAD demonstration. In all of these businesses David and Recap have combined rigorous economic underwriting, customized solutions-oriented financial engineering, and genuine commitment to quality social outcomes and good homes for low-income Americans. Most recently, through speaking and writing (Recap's electronic periodical State of the Market and Tax Credit Advisor's monthly column The Guru Is In), David has become a national voice with the goal of creating replicable transaction paradigms to solve urgent problems of affordable housing for which there are no paradigms today. Beyond Recap, David is also the founder and CEO of the §501(c)(3) global non-profit Affordable Housing Institute (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org), which works worldwide to deliver improved housing production and housing finance ecosystems, especially for the urban poor, in informal communities and slums in the emerging world. Recipient of two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AHI has delivered impact in Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Djibouti, Dubai, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Michael Novogradac
Managing Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP
Michael Novogradac is the managing partner in the San Francisco, California office of Novogradac & Company LLP. He has more than twenty-five years of experience specializing in affordable housing, community development and renewable energy. 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 he broadcasts a weekly podcast that focuses on tax credit issues. In addition, he serves as adviser on industry and governmental affairs for the NMTC Working Group and the LIHTC Working Group. 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 NMTC Coalition and Historic Tax Credit Coalition. He previously served on the boards of directors of A Hand Up and the Berkeley Chess School, the board of governors of the California Housing Consortium, as an advisory board member of the National Leased Housing Association, the Federal Housing Policy Council and Housing and Development Reporter, and was a member of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association NMTC Steering Committee, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Tax Policy Council and the California State Treasurer's Housing Finance Advisory Board, as well as a board member and chief financial officer of the Housing Industry Foundation. Mr. Novogradac graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor's degree in economics. He received an MBA with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California, Oregon, Maryland and Texas as a certified public accountant.

Diane Yentel
President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Diane is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Diane is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, NPR and The Guardian. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference, Homes for America, and the Coalition on Human Needs. Diane has a Masters in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Room Number:

Union Station Ballroom