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.
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.
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.
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.
President and CEO, NeighborWorks America
Marietta Rodriguez knows what it's like to be a new homebuyer because she was one. "I was 25 and living in a high-cost area," she says. "There was absolutely no way I could buy a home without someone holding my hand and walking me through it." The folks holding her hand were from a NeighborWorks network organization that provided counseling and financial assistance to first-time homebuyers. Soon, Rodriguez went to work for the organization that assisted her so that she could help more people in her hometown. Today, she leads the national homeownership effort for the NeighborWorks network, which includes a suite of pre-purchase, mortgage lending, and post-purchase programs and services. 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 responsible for leading NeighborWorks America's programmatic support to its 245 member organizations and nonprofit 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.
Regional Vice President, Midwest Region, NeighborWorks America
Union Station Ballroom