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Intersections 2016

Park City UT

Intersections 2016, presented by Grounded Solutions Network, is the only national conference dedicated to permanently affordable housing and the creation and preservation of just, equitable and inclusive communities across the country and around the globe.  During the week of September 26-29, we welcomed 380 practitioners and advocates to Park City, Utah, to explore the intersections in our collective work to create more affordable hosing nationwide.

Our local host was Mountainlands Community Housing Trust>

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mark Joseph

Dr. Mark Joseph is an Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His general research interests are urban poverty and community development. His current research focuses on mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, with particular attention to transforming public housing developments.  He is the co-author of Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation.

Registration Fees

Conference:   Member $325   Non-Member $435
Add-On Day Class 9/26:   Member $75   Non-Member $100


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"Intersections is a great event! It was jam packed with great information."
2015 National Conference Attendee

Seminar Schedule

  • ADD-ON DAY: Monday, September 26

    • Shared Equity Boot Camp

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      Speakers: Robert Leuchs | Jaclyn Marcotte

      Audience: All shared equity practitioners -- especially those who work directly with homebuyers

      Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

      Ensure that you have the best processes in place to manage your shared equity homeownership program. Representatives from Champlain Housing Trust will walk you through the nuts and bolts of successfully (1) screening potential homebuyers, (2) getting homebuyers from contract to closing and (3) marketing resale restricted homes.

      Course materials are based on CHT’s appraisal-based Shared Equity Program.  While the vast majority of the content is universal, there might be some specific information that you will need to adapt if you don’t use an appraisal-based resale model.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides, Buyer Checklist, Foreclosure Rating Tool, General Letter of Intent, Inspection Resolution Agreement, Marketing Disclosure Form, Mortgage Readiness Assessment, Option Price Letter, Property Information Form for Listing Meeting, Seller Checklist for Listing Meeting, Seller Checklist, SEP Application, SEP Info Packet, SEP Purchase Checklist, SEP Financing Policy, SEP Program Financing Procedures, Special Notice for Buyers with Closing Cost Loans, TriParty P&S, Underwriting Sheet

      Cost: Members – $75/ Non-Members – $100

      Event Speakers

      • Robert Leuchs

        Director
        Champlain Housing Trust HomeOwnership Center

        Robert Leuchs is the Director of the Champlain Housing Trust HomeOwnership Center. He has 15 years of experience in helping Vermonters purchase affordable homes and supervises CHT’s three homeownership programs: (1) Home Education, (2) Shared Equity Homeownership and (3) the Champlain Housing Revolving Loan Fund. He graduated Magma Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Business in 1997.

      • Jaclyn Marcotte

        Homeownership Compliance Coordinator
        Champlain Housing Trust

        Jaclyn Marcotte is the Senior Homeownership Compliance Coordinator for Champlain Housing Trust and has been with the organization since 2010. Her role includes coordination of marketing, income verification of prospective buyers, helping owners prepare to sell their homes, and special projects. Since 2012, Jaclyn has been the administrator of CHT’s HomeKeeper database. She customizes the database, oversees data entry, and creates reports, dashboards, and merge templates to streamline program operations. She also does HomeKeeper technical assistance for other CLTs in VT. Jaclyn has a background in real estate and data management, and firsthand knowledge of CHT’s shared equity program as a homeowner.

    • HomeKeeper Boot Camp

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      Speakers: Liz Haney | Tiffany Eng

      Audience: HomeKeeper users of all experience levels as well as potential HomeKeeper users. Depending on the registration pool, we may split the class into two groups for beginners and advanced users.

      Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

      This hands-on training will help you to become a confident and competent HomeKeeper user. Workshop highlights will include:

      • Learn how HomeKeeper can improve your efficiency and increase your capacity
      • Discover new tools and tips to improve your user experience
      • Learn how to customize HomeKeeper to better suit your program
      • Increase your confidence with creating Salesforce reports and dashboards
      • Hear about the newest enhancements included in the latest version
      • Improve your understanding of the data being aggregated at the national level and the Social Impact Report for your program

      This content of this workshop will be based on the needs and interests of the registered participants. Once you have registered, you will be sent a survey to better understand your skills and training interests.

      Cost: Members – $75/ Non-Members – $100

      Event Speakers

      • Liz Haney

        HomeKeeper Senior Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Liz Haney has been the Member Support Specialist for HomeKeeper since May 2013.  She is responsible for onboarding new user organizations, user trainings, creating documentation and responding to user requests. She is a former HomeKeeper user with extensive experience in a broad range of non-profits, working at UVMEND’s SHARE Community Land Trust in Leavenworth, WA for a year, as well as at TransCultural Exchange, a international art nonprofit and the Center of Concern, a progressive Catholic advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Liz received her Bachelors degree from Boston College.

      • Tiffany Eng

        Director of HomeKeeper
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Tiffany Eng has been leading the HomeKeeper program since August 2010 and currently oversees product development, marketing and member outreach. She brings over 15 years of experience providing organizations around the country with training and technical assistance in designing and implementing successful asset building programs. In addition, she has been a licensed California REALTORⓇ since 2007 and is a passionate advocate for first-time homebuyers. Tiffany has a masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.

    • Mission and Money: Developing New Lines of Business

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      Speakers: Roy Soards | Allison Handler

      Audience: Nonprofit leaders who are interested in trying something new

      Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

      Developing a portfolio of homes big enough to sustain operations through earned revenues is an elusive goal. It’s clear that the more houses in a portfolio, the larger your operations need to be. It’s a little like a dog chasing its tail: you always need to backfill operations with grants and donations. But, what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if you could serve your community better and generate revenue for your organization at the same time? What if you could be more successful at attracting philanthropic dollars and generating your own revenue?

      This workshop will showcase a basic business planning approach to entrepreneurship to help you grow sustainable revenue streams. Anyone interested in participating in the 2016-2017 Business Planning Fellowship must attend this add-on day session.

      Cost: Members – $75/ Non-Members – $100

       

      Event Speakers

      • Roy Soards

        Enterprise Strategist
        Social Enterprise Solutions

        For over twenty years, Roy Soards has worked to create social change models combining the market driven motivation of the business world with the social mission focus of the not-for-profit sector. In 2013, Roy founded Social Enterprise Solutions, applying his skills to provide management and consulting expertise in the not-for-profit world. Roy has also served as COO and CEO of the St. Vincent DePaul Rehabilitation Service where the organization grew from $1.5 million in revenue to $20 million in revenue with $19 million coming from sales of products and services. A Portlander since 1978, Roy Soards has also worked in senior government positions and served as the Regional Director for Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

      • Allison Handler

        Consultant
        Solid Ground Consulting

        Allison Handler joined Solid Ground Consulting in 2009, bringing more than a decade of experience in housing, community development, land use planning and conservation. The former executive director of Portland Community Land Trust (now Proud Ground) from 2003-2008, Allison also founded and led the North-Missoula CDC’s Land Stewardship Program. Allison has broad experience in organizational development, strategy, and planning. She holds an MS from the University of Montana and a BA from Williams College. She has served on the boards of the National Community Land Trust Network, Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, and (currently) Growing Gardens. She lives in Portland, Oregon.  

    • HomeKeeper Member Meeting: Recap and Roadmap

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      Speakers: Valerie Rogers | Liz Haney | Tiffany Eng

      Audience: All HomeKeeper Users

      Time: 4:00pm- 5:00pm

      HomeKeeper members unite! HomeKeeper users will be meeting Monday night at the conference between 4 and 5pm. The HomeKeeper team will be there to share program updates and answer your questions.  There will be prizes.

      Event Speakers

      • Valerie Rogers

        HomeKeeper Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Before serving as the HomeKeeper Marketing and Support Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network, Valerie was the Stewardship Coordinator for a consortium of community land trusts in the Bay Area (San Francisco Community Land Trust, Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County, Bay Area Community Land Trust and Northern California Land Trust), where she led the creation of shared asset management and stewardship systems including the onboarding and migrating of all program data to HomeKeeper. Before working with CLTs, Valerie worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Compliance Department monitoring industrial and commercial properties which received City benefits.

      • Liz Haney

        HomeKeeper Senior Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Liz Haney has been the Member Support Specialist for HomeKeeper since May 2013.  She is responsible for onboarding new user organizations, user trainings, creating documentation and responding to user requests. She is a former HomeKeeper user with extensive experience in a broad range of non-profits, working at UVMEND’s SHARE Community Land Trust in Leavenworth, WA for a year, as well as at TransCultural Exchange, a international art nonprofit and the Center of Concern, a progressive Catholic advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Liz received her Bachelors degree from Boston College.

      • Tiffany Eng

        Director of HomeKeeper
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Tiffany Eng has been leading the HomeKeeper program since August 2010 and currently oversees product development, marketing and member outreach. She brings over 15 years of experience providing organizations around the country with training and technical assistance in designing and implementing successful asset building programs. In addition, she has been a licensed California REALTORⓇ since 2007 and is a passionate advocate for first-time homebuyers. Tiffany has a masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.

    • Tour Park City

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      Audience: All Conference Attendees

      Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

      Tour Park City and surrounding areas with our hosts, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust. Along the way, you’ll see award winning resorts, Olympic venues and the colorful fall leaves. The tour will show affordable housing projects-apartments, lease to own homes, self-help homes, deed restricted and CLT properties.

  • Tuesday, September 27

    • Ground Leasing: Mutual Expectations and Requirements

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      Speaker: Michael Brown

      Audience: CLT practitioners, homeowners and advocates

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Training Institute IconThis course will take a deep dive into the 2011 Model Ground Lease from the perspective of both the CLT and the homeowner. Participants will explore not only the key restrictions on the occupancy, use and transfer of the home and other improvements on leased land but the expectations and responsibilities of both parties.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides; Handout: Ground Lease Major Decisions; Handout: Ground Lease Components

      Event Speaker

      • Michael Brown

        Partner
        Burlington Associates in Community Development

        Michael Brown is a Partner in Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC, a national consulting group with a major focus on shared-equity homeownership. Michael helped establish one of the first CLTs in the country in eastern Tennessee in the early 1980’s and later served as the co-director of the Institute for Community Economics. Michael has provided technical assistance to over 60 new and existing CLTs, with services ranging from feasibility analysis and business planning, to program design and implementation, to adding commercial properties to CLT portfolios, to building financial and political support for community land trusts. Michael lives with his life partner in rural Collegeville Township in Minnesota.

    • Designing and Evaluating Resale Formulas

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      Speakers: Julie Brunner | Staci Horwitz

      Audience: CLT, inclusionary housing and shared-equity homeownership practitioners and policy makers. Participants should have a general understanding of permanently affordable housing and/or CLTs.

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Training Institute IconThis session will teach participants how to evaluate the pros and cons of various resale formulas for the purpose of designing a new formula, or to help evaluate and amend an existing formula in order to better meet a community’s needs and priorities. The session will highlight fixed rate, index based and appraisal based formulas.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint sildes

      Event Speakers

      • Julie Brunner

        Housing Manager
        OPAL Community Land Trust

        Julie has been the Housing Manager for OPAL Community Land Trust since 2002. In that capacity, Julie manages resident and homebuyer policies, project financing, resident applications, mortgage financing and homebuyer education instruction. In addition to working for OPAL, Julie is a consultant specializing in CLTs and homeownership programs and has been teaching courses for the National Community Land Trust since 2006. Julie has worked in the field of affordable housing since 1995 and prior to that in social service and international economic development. She has a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. Julie lives with her husband and two daughters on Orcas Island in Washington.

      • Staci Horwitz

        Program Director
        City of Lakes Community Land Trust

        Staci Horwitz joined City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) in March of 2006 and serves as the Program Director overseeing buyer education, qualification, and closing processes as well as rehabilitation for the Homebuyer Initiated Program. Staci has experience in nonprofit administration; program development, implementation and evaluation; financial management; contract management; and computer systems support. Outside her work with the CLCLT, Staci has facilitated workshops on community land trusts and homeowner engagement for NeighborWorks® America and the National CLT Network. Staci received her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    • Local Policy Tools to Advance Inclusion

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      Speakers: Zach Murray | Jessi Ray Koch

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      In this interactive session, advocates and policy makers will learn how to use Grounded Solutions Network’s Inclusive Communities Toolkit for consensus-building and smart policy design. Participants will come away with a strong understanding of how a collaborative process can lead to the identification of the best policy instrument(s) for their specific local housing needs.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides

      Event Speakers

      • Zach Murray

        State & Local Policy Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as a State and Local Policy Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network, Zach Murray was an Economic Equity Program Manager at The Greenlining Institute where he oversaw the institute’s housing policy and homeownership research and advocacy agenda. He primarily worked with large Banking institutions and government regulators to reverse redlining in communities of color by improving fair lending and access to credit. Prior to that, Zach was the coordinator of policy advocacy and knowledge leadership for Larkin Street Youth Services, a leading provider of services for homeless youth in San Francisco.

      • Jessi Ray Koch

        State and Local Policy Senior Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as a State and Local Policy Senior Specialist for Grounded Solutions Network, Jessi Koch was a Senior Planner with the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office where she focused on affordable housing policy and development in support of a more affordable Austin for all residents. In her role with the City of Austin Jessi was part of a small team that managed the City’s S.M.A.R.T. Housing policy, density bonus programs, and development agreements, and has been lead staff on the City’s effort to implement Homestead Preservation Districts in Austin, as well as other inclusionary housing policy initiatives.

    • Social Investments: Connecting Capital to Impact

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      Speakers: Lauren Counts | Bradley Weinig | Adam Kent | Christie Smith

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      This session will demonstrate how a $50M investment in DC and a $34M investment in Denver are working to prevent displacement by advancing permanently affordable housing. Presenters will showcase successful place-based examples of real estate investments through unique funding structures, additional needs and the challenges of impact investments.

      Event Speakers

      • Lauren Counts

        Senior Director of Strategy
        Capital Impact Partners

        Ms.Counts is Sr. Director of Strategy, Innovation and Impact Management at Capital Impact Partners, a national community development financial institution. Founded in 1981, Capital Impact Partners has generated over $2 billion in investments that contribute to the health and well-being of people at every stage of life.

      • Bradley Weinig

        Deputy Director of Denver Programs
        Enterprise Community Partners

        Bradley joined Enterprise Community Partners in June 2011. As Deputy Director of Denver Programs, Bradley oversees the Denver Regional TOD Fund, a blend of public, private and philanthropic capital providing acquisition financing for the preservation and creation of affordable housing and community facilities in proximity to high frequency transit.

      • Adam Kent

        Program Officer
        Local Iniatives Support Corporation

        Adam Kent is a Program Officer in the DC office of LISC. There, he leads LISC’s $50 million Elevating Equity Initiative, a commitment LISC has made to help foster equity, inclusiveness, and an improved quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the future 11th Street Bridge Park.

      • Christie Smith

        Operations and Communications Director
        Urban Land Conservancy

        Christi manages the overall operations, community relations and collaborations for social impact investments that support ULC's real estate acquisitions, community land trust, preservation work and master site development. She organizes ULC's role in Calvert Foundation's Ours to Own Initiative, and Denver Shared Spaces with the City of Denver.

    • Renting Partnerships: Wealth Creation Strategies

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      Speaker: Margery Spinney

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Homeownership is not the end goal for every household. But, homeownership is the main way that households build wealth in the United States. Learn about “renting partnerships,” a third option in housing that builds wealth—both individual and communal—amongst low-income renter households. Through examples, session presenters will discuss the nuts and bolts of designing and administering a renting partnership program and implications for policy.

      Event Speaker

      • Margery Spinney

        President
        Renting Partnerships

        In 2012, Margery Spinney and Carol Smith founded Renting Partnerships.  She previously managed the Cornerstone Loan Fund for sixteen years, adding property management and housing development to its functions.  The success of Renter Equity during her leadership of Cornerstone is documented by an independent evaluation conducted by CFED.  Prior to Cornerstone, Margery established and managed the Housing Development Advisory Service for the State of Maryland. She provided market analysis, training and technical support to developers using state and federal housing programs. Margery's background includes a B.A. in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Montessori Education, as well as work in economic development and teaching experience.

    • Turn Program Data into Actionable Insights

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      Speakers: Valerie Rogers | Liz Haney | Tiffany Eng

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Got Data? Learn how to leverage your program data and create powerful and compelling dashboards for you and your stakeholders. If you are seeking new data-driven ways to improve efficiency, measure your success or tell your story better, this session is for you.  This session is open to both HomeKeeper and non-Homekeeper users.

      Event Speakers

      • Valerie Rogers

        HomeKeeper Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Before serving as the HomeKeeper Marketing and Support Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network, Valerie was the Stewardship Coordinator for a consortium of community land trusts in the Bay Area (San Francisco Community Land Trust, Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County, Bay Area Community Land Trust and Northern California Land Trust), where she led the creation of shared asset management and stewardship systems including the onboarding and migrating of all program data to HomeKeeper. Before working with CLTs, Valerie worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Compliance Department monitoring industrial and commercial properties which received City benefits.

      • Liz Haney

        HomeKeeper Senior Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Liz Haney has been the Member Support Specialist for HomeKeeper since May 2013.  She is responsible for onboarding new user organizations, user trainings, creating documentation and responding to user requests. She is a former HomeKeeper user with extensive experience in a broad range of non-profits, working at UVMEND’s SHARE Community Land Trust in Leavenworth, WA for a year, as well as at TransCultural Exchange, a international art nonprofit and the Center of Concern, a progressive Catholic advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Liz received her Bachelors degree from Boston College.

      • Tiffany Eng

        Director of HomeKeeper
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Tiffany Eng has been leading the HomeKeeper program since August 2010 and currently oversees product development, marketing and member outreach. She brings over 15 years of experience providing organizations around the country with training and technical assistance in designing and implementing successful asset building programs. In addition, she has been a licensed California REALTORⓇ since 2007 and is a passionate advocate for first-time homebuyers. Tiffany has a masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.

    • Making the Case for Permanently Affordable Housing

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      Speaker: Beth Sorce

      Audience: CLT, IH and shared-equity practitioners, homeowners, policy makers and advocates

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Training Institute IconThis session will workshop strategies and messages that you can use to make the case for permanently affordable housing in your community. Presenters will start by defining permanently affordable housing and describing how it works and then focus on what messages work best for different audiences.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint SlidesHomeKeeper National Data Hub; Balancing Affordability and Opportunity; Lands in Trust, Homes that Last; Shared Equity, Transformative Wealth; 2015 National CLT Network Member Survey

      Event Speaker

      • Beth Sorce

        Director of Capacity Building
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as Director of Capacity Building at Grounded Solutions Network, Beth was the Community & Capacity Building Manager at the National Community Land Trust Network. Beth has also worked as both an urban planner with GCR, Inc. and a Community Development Finance Fellow with Providence Community Housing, a local nonprofit specializing in affordable housing development. Beth earned her masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, where she conducted research on the role of CLTs in weak market cities, in the commercial realm and in the development and preservation of Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects.

    • Managing Resales: What Happens Now?

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      Speaker: Julie Brunner

      Audience: CLT, IH and shared-equity practitioners and homeowners

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Training Institute IconReselling a home can be confusing and time consuming for both the seller and the program. This course will help practitioners design transparent and efficient procedures for managing resales and ensuring the ongoing affordability of homes. Presenters will also talk about fee structures for covering the cost of overseeing resales and coping with worst case scenarios.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint slides

      Event Speaker

      • Julie Brunner

        Housing Manager
        OPAL Community Land Trust

        Julie has been the Housing Manager for OPAL Community Land Trust since 2002. In that capacity, Julie manages resident and homebuyer policies, project financing, resident applications, mortgage financing and homebuyer education instruction. In addition to working for OPAL, Julie is a consultant specializing in CLTs and homeownership programs and has been teaching courses for the National Community Land Trust since 2006. Julie has worked in the field of affordable housing since 1995 and prior to that in social service and international economic development. She has a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. Julie lives with her husband and two daughters on Orcas Island in Washington.

    • Winning Renters' Rights

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      Speakers: Tony Samara | Tony Romano | Lisa Owens

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Communities across the country are fighting for rent control and renters’ rights as a solution to gentrification and rising rents. Hear from experts and campaign leaders about the history of rent control and how you can advocate for renters’ rights in your community both city-wide and from landlord to landlord.

      Event Speakers

      • Tony Samara

        Program Director of Land Use and Housing
        Urban Habitat

        Tony is the Program Director of Land Use & Housing at Urban Habitat, in Oakland, CA and currently serves on the steering committee of the Right to the City Alliance. Before joining Urban Habitat he was an associate professor of sociology at George Mason University.

      • Tony Romano

        Organizing Director
        Right to the City

      • Lisa Owens

        Executive Director
        City Life Vida Urbana

        Lisa Owens is the Executive Director at City Life Vida Urbana (CLVU), a grassroots organization fighting for racial, social, economic justice and gender equity. City Life's principal work is to defend against forced displacement and to work toward community control of land and housing.

    • Limited Equity Cooperatives: Ask the Experts

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      Speakers: Alex Roesch | Andrew Reicher

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Drawing upon more than 35 years of expertise, staff from the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) will illustrate the history of affordable cooperative housing conversion and development in NYC. The session will cover financing and other details about how UHAB has worked with the City to find creative avenues of co-op development, such as recent projects through the City’s inclusionary zoning program.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides

      Event Speakers

      • Alex Roesch

        Project Associate
        Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

        Alex Roesch joined the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) in January of 2015 as the project associate for co-op outreach and research. His primary task as a researcher has been to locate and map every shared-equity housing cooperative in the United States. To conduct an accurate census of co-ops, Alex has combined methods of outreach, networking, surveying and data refinement. Previous to his position at UHAB, Alex worked for the City of Cambridge, MA as a geographic information systems technician. Alex received his MA in Theories of Urban Practice from Parsons, and his BA in Human Geography from Boston University.

      • Andrew Reicher

        Executive Director
        Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

        Andrew Reicher has worked at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) since 1978, starting as Director of Technical Assistance and Training and has been Executive Director since 1981. Mr. Reicher brings experience in non-profit organization management, program design, training methodology and in developing and preserving affordable cooperative projects. He is the 1997 recipient of the Bowdoin College Common Good Award and the 2003 recipient of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives highest honor, the Jerry Voorhis Award. Mr. Reicher recently stepped down as the Chair of City Futures/Center for an Urban Future after more than thirty years and remains a board member.

    • Building Inclusive Communities: What Does the Evidence Suggest?

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      Speakers: Doug Schumaker | Rick Jacobus

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Our beliefs about the relative importance of social integration, affordable housing production and community stability shape our local housing strategies. But, what do we actually know about the benefits of mixed-income housing? What is the relationship between gentrification and new development? How can strategies like inclusionary housing be used creatively to address displacement? This session will tackle these sticky questions and more!

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides, Suggestions for further reading

      Event Speakers

      • Doug Schumaker

        President
        Mercy Housing California

        Doug Schumaker has more than 20 years’ experience in the affordable housing and community development field. Prior to Mercy, Schumaker served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH), San Francisco’s housing finance agency, with oversight of one of the nation’s largest inclusionary housing programs.

      • Rick Jacobus

        Founder
        Street Level Advisors

        Rick Jacobus is one of the nation’s leading experts in inclusionary housing and affordable homeownership. He is the author of Inclusionary Housing: Creating and Maintaining Equitable Communities and has worked directly with the City Councils of Denver and Seattle to guide the redesign of each city’s inclusionary housing program and has consulted on the design and implementation of inclusionary housing programs with more than a dozen cities. Before Street Level Advisors, Rick was the founder of Cornerstone Partnership, a national initiative to support local housing policies that create lasting affordability and he now serves as a strategic advisor to its successor Grounded Solutions Network.

    • Building Powerful and Effective Coalitions

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      Speakers: Maritza Silva-Farrell | Alex Wallach Hanson | Ben Beach | Melissa Pluss

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Building and maintaining strong coalitions and running comprehensive campaigns is essential to building the power needed to achieve meaningful policy and political change. But, this aspect of change-making requires skill, attention and resources. Gain a deeper understanding of comprehensive campaign methods through this participatory session as experienced organizers will train on power analysis, coalition structure and protocols, and campaign plans and share lessons from their work.

      Event Speakers

      • Maritza Silva-Farrell

        Campaign Director
        The Alliance for a Greater New York

        Maritza Silva-Farrell is a Campaign Director with ALIGN, currently serving as coordinator of Real Affordability for All, the largest affordable housing coalition in the City. The coalition secured a stronger, more robust affordable housing plan in New York City, developing a program to achieve deeper affordability and job standards.

      • Alex Wallach Hanson

        Field Director
        Pittsburgh United

        Alex is Pittsburgh United's Field Director, where he led the effort to gather 15,000 signatures to support the creation of Pittsburgh's Housing Trust Fund. He has also been the coalition organizer for low-wage worker organizing. Born in Arlington (MA), he previously worked with Community Labor United on transit equity issues.

      • Ben Beach

        Legal Director
        Partnership For Working Families

        Ben is the Legal Director of the Partnership for Working Families. He brings over a decade’s worth of experience working with community-based campaigns and local governments on a variety of matters, including community benefits and affordable housing.

      • Melissa Pluss

        Organizing Director
        FRESC

        Melissa Pluss is the Organizing Director at FRESC: Good Jobs Strong Communities in the Denver Metro region of Colorado. She joined FRESC in 2015 and is leading a team of fantastic community organizers to develop local leaders and build a powerful anti-displacement and affordable housing campaign in Westminster Colorado. Melissa’s journey into organizing began when she worked with the DART Organizers Institute where helped build a pipeline to identify and train the next generation of great community organizers.

    • Hot Topics in Rural Policy

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      Speakers: Dave Conine | Carol Cohen

      Audience: General Audience-- especially from rural areas

      Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

      Rural communities face a unique set of opportunities and challenges compared to their urban or suburban counterparts. This session will introduce several “hot topics” in rural policy and will leave plenty of time for participants to ask questions and share experiences.

      Event Speakers

      • Dave Conine

        Director for Utah
        USDA Rural Development

        Dave Conine was appointed as USDA Rural Development Director for Utah in 2009. Prior to joining USDA Dave worked as a Rural Development Specialist for RCAC. His experience also includes working as Economic Development Director for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Community Development Director for North Bend, Washington and a decade in the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.Dave studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City, moved to Salt Lake City where he completed bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and geology along with graduate work at the University of Utah in urban and regional planning.

      • Carol Cohen

        Regional Manager
        Rural Community Assistance Corporation

        Carol Cohen is a Regional Manager within RCAC’s Community and Environmental Services department serving rural communities in Utah, Idaho and Nevada.  Ms. Cohen provides technical Assistance to Community Housing Development Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations, Housing Authorities, Self Help agencies and Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developers.  Additionally, Ms. Cohen assists agencies with Strategic Planning and Board Development. Ms. Cohen holds an MPA from the University of Utah in Public Administration and a BS in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

    • Coalition Wins: We are Stronger Together

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      Speakers: Father Ty Hullinger | Nora Lichtash | Chrishelle Palay | Jason Webb

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

      Coalitions can be impactful when it comes to moving a common agenda forward with multiple organizations. But forming and sustaining coalitions can also be challenging. This session will highlight three different coalitions and how they have been successful in moving their agenda forward while resolving challenges along the way.

      Event Speakers

      • Father Ty Hullinger


        North East Housing Initiative/Baltimore Housing Roundtable

      • Nora Lichtash

        Executive Director
        Women's Community Revitalization Project

        Nora Lichtash is the Executive Director of the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP). WCRP is recognized for its housing and community development strategies and for involving low-income women and their families in the process of community building. Nora worked with community leaders to establish the Community Justice Land Trust. Picture-

      • Chrishelle Palay

        Co-Director
        Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

        Chrishelle Palay is co-director of Texas Low Income Housing Information Service - Houston where she serves as an effective housing policy advocate. Additionally, she ensures affordable, safe & decent housing is accessible to low-income Texans and leads efforts to provide local & state housing policy research to local community groups.

      • Jason Webb

        Capacity Building Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as Capacity Building Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network, Jason was Community & Capacity Building Associate at the National Community Land Trust Network. Before that, Jason worked for 15 years for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Network Member Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), serving in several roles such as Director of Real Estate and Technology, Director of DNI “The Community Land Trust,” and Director of Administration and Finance. He oversaw the development of several community land trust developments and created a youth development / youth jobs program called CommunityScapes. Over the years, this land stewardship and community outreach program has hired significant numbers of youth and young adults, including new immigrants and young people with criminal records. In addition, he has played a significant role with DSNI’s internal technology capacity as well as the use of technology innovations in the community building process.

    • Inclusionary Housing Community of Practice Gathering

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      Audience: Inclusionary housing practitioners, policy makers and partners

      Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

      Join your colleagues for a session dedicated to all things inclusionary housing. Grounded Solutions Network Members and staff will collaboratively set the gathering agenda this summer and will leave plenty of time for emerging topics. This gathering is a fantastic opportunity to meet with your peers from across the country, make connections, identify shared challenges and brainstorm priorities for support going forward.

      Session Materials: Inclusionary Housing Community of Practice Annual Update, website: InclusionaryHousing.org

    • Next Level Lounge: Technical Assistance and Career Development

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      Audience: All conference Attendees

      Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

      Whether you’re looking to take your program or career to the next level, we’ll have opportunities for you in the Next Level Lounge. You’ll find 1-1 technical assistance, discuss your resume and career goals with professionals and hear the stories of others’ experiences in the sector.

      In addition to career development activities and engaging discussions, the Next Level Lounge will feature one-on-one technical assistance appointments with Grounded Solutions Network staff and partners. Topics range from CLT and IH program design to exploring social ventures or innovative programs. Check out all of the options and available appointments here.

  • Wednesday, September 28

    • IGNITE! Community Pitch Fest

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      Audience: All Conference Attendees

      Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

      Back by popular demand, join us for the second annual IGNITE! Community Pitch fest. It will be a session filled with the most heartfelt, inspirational five-minute descriptions of innovative ideas– new products, organizational processes, services and approaches to doing business– from your fellow conference attendees. Participants will get to vote for their favorite idea and help award a “Voters’ Choice” prize.

      Read more about IGNITE! and submit your idea before Friday, August 19.

    • Making CLT First Mortgage Financing Work

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      Speaker: Michael Brown

      Audience: CLT Practitioners, homeowners, lenders

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Training Institute IconThis course is all about building and maintaining successful partnerships with lenders in order to make the first-mortgage approval process more successful (and your life a little easier). From learning what you need to bring to a meeting with lenders, to the basics of underwriting and Fannie Mae compliance, this hands-on course will give you the tools to work with both national and regional banks in your community.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides; Handout: Basic Issues in Financing; Handout: CLT Info to Lenders; Handout: HomeKeeper Universal Application

      Event Speaker

      • Michael Brown

        Partner
        Burlington Associates in Community Development

        Michael Brown is a Partner in Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC, a national consulting group with a major focus on shared-equity homeownership. Michael helped establish one of the first CLTs in the country in eastern Tennessee in the early 1980’s and later served as the co-director of the Institute for Community Economics. Michael has provided technical assistance to over 60 new and existing CLTs, with services ranging from feasibility analysis and business planning, to program design and implementation, to adding commercial properties to CLT portfolios, to building financial and political support for community land trusts. Michael lives with his life partner in rural Collegeville Township in Minnesota.

    • Roots of the CLT: Origins & Evolution of an International Movement

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      Speakers: John Emmeus Davis | Tony Pickett

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Training Institute IconThe history of the community land trust is presented in here in pictures and stories describing the ideas, values, people and events that gave rise to the modern-day CLT and nurtured its growth.  What began as a bold experiment in 1969, a fragile product of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, has now spread to 46 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.  Better understanding the model’s roots can help practitioners to better explain the model’s flexibility, resiliency and worth.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides, Rooflines Blog: You Must Remember This

      Event Speakers

      • John Emmeus Davis

        Founding Partner
        Burlington Associates in Community Development

        John Emmeus Davis is a founding partner in Burlington Associates in Community Development LLC, a national consulting cooperative that has assisted over 100 CLTs, new and old, since 1993. He previously served for ten years as the housing director for Burlington, VT under Mayors Bernie Sanders and Peter Clavelle. His publications include Manuel d'antispeculation immobiliere (2014), The Community Land Trust Reader (2010), The City-CLT Partnership (2008), Shared Equity Homeownership (2006), The Affordable City (1994), and The Community Land Trust Handbook (1982). He has lately been working in other media: narrating a DVD presentation entitled Roots of the CLT; co-producing the film Arc of Justice, and serving as the "master gardener" for the website Roots & Branches (www.cltroots.org).

      • Tony Pickett

        Vice President – Master Site Development
        Urban Land Conservancy

        Tony Pickett is V.P. of Master Site Development at the Urban Land Conservancy, leading efforts to create long term community benefits with authentic local resident engagement. He is a LEED accredited professional with over 25 years of real estate experience in planning, design, financing and implementation of large scale mixed use urban redevelopment initiatives. Tony previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative; leading efforts to create equitable development using a unique community land trust model along the $2.8 billion Atlanta Beltline TOD project. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Architecture, Art and Planning.

    • Fair Housing: Advancing Inclusive Communities

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      Speakers: Sarita Turner | Eric Halperin | Cashauna Hill | Sasha Hauswald

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule released by HUD last year provides a critical opportunity for advocates and practitioners to influence the plans and actions that jurisdictions will implement to decrease patterns of segregation and increase opportunity and mobility in their communities. The session will outline how cities are required to engage the community in developing the plan, how local advocates in New Orleans are using AFFH as an organizing tool, and what kind of local policy tools advocates can propose.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides by Cashuana Hill, New Orleans; Fair Housing Strategies Handout

      Event Speakers

      • Sarita Turner

        Associate Director
        PolicyLink

        Sarita, has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector raising awareness supporting strategies to address institutionalized racism and the disinvestment of people and communities. Currently, Sarita serves as an associate director for PolicyLink working to further equity-focused federal, state, and local policies and place-based strategies.

      • Eric Halperin

        Senior Adviser
        Open Society Foundations

        Eric Halperin is a senior adviser at Open Society Foundations where he leads the foundation’s U.S. economic advancement work. Halperin has also worked at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, the Center for Responsible Lending, and an organization that provided job training and transitional housing for homeless people.

      • Cashauna Hill

        Executive Director
        Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

        Cashauna Hill has served as Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) since April of 2015. Cashauna is a graduate of Spelman College and Tulane Law School. At GNOFHAC, she leads a team of 16 dedicated fair housing advocates.

      • Sasha Hauswald

        Director of State & Local Policy
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as Director of State and Local Policy at Grounded Solutions Network, Sasha was Senior Program Officer at Cornerstone Partnership, where she led Cornerstone’s inclusionary housing engagements and activities. Before that, Sasha worked in at the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development where she oversaw legislative affairs, strategic planning, and program evaluation projects as Public Policy manager. Sasha received her BA from Wesleyan University and her Master of Public Policy Degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Before working in housing policy, Sasha was a caseworker with foster youth in New York City. Family reunification was a near impossibility for parents without stable housing, and she saw many children trapped in foster care while their parents struggled to find adequate homes for their families. She came to fully appreciate that having a home is a prerequisite for nearly any type of personal achievement. Whether it’s overcoming addiction, career advancement, improving health, or simply bonding with children, decent and affordable housing provides an essential foundation.

    • Community Benefit Agreements

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      Speakers: Deborah Scott | Peter Brownell | Jahmese Myres | Eliana Horn | Ben Beach

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) emerged in the early 2000s as a tool bring community voice(s) directly into economic development processes  and to ensure that new development projects both benefit and are accountable to their communities in meaningful ways. This session will introduce the most effective community benefits tools now in use, examine their application to housing and displacement prevention and share experiences and lessons from local efforts.

      Event Speakers

      • Deborah Scott

        Executive Director
        Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies

      • Peter Brownell

        Research Director
        Center on Policy Initiatives

      • Jahmese Myres

        Campaign Director
        East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

      • Eliana Horn


        WATU

      • Ben Beach

        Legal Director
        Partnership For Working Families

        Ben is the Legal Director of the Partnership for Working Families. He brings over a decade’s worth of experience working with community-based campaigns and local governments on a variety of matters, including community benefits and affordable housing.

    • Explaining the Economics of Inclusionary Housing

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      Speaker: Rick Jacobus

      Audience: Inclusionary housing practitioners, policy makers and advocates

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      One common concern about inclusionary housing is that requiring developers to provide affordable housing could make market rate projects infeasible – resulting in less affordable housing, not more.  Using real world case studies and Grounded Solutions Network’s online Inclusionary Housing Calculator, this session will explore the economics of inclusionary housing, focusing in particular on how to explain those economic issues to local elected officials and other stakeholders.

      Event Speaker

      • Rick Jacobus

        Founder
        Street Level Advisors

        Rick Jacobus is one of the nation’s leading experts in inclusionary housing and affordable homeownership. He is the author of Inclusionary Housing: Creating and Maintaining Equitable Communities and has worked directly with the City Councils of Denver and Seattle to guide the redesign of each city’s inclusionary housing program and has consulted on the design and implementation of inclusionary housing programs with more than a dozen cities. Before Street Level Advisors, Rick was the founder of Cornerstone Partnership, a national initiative to support local housing policies that create lasting affordability and he now serves as a strategic advisor to its successor Grounded Solutions Network.

    • CLT Basics and Beyond

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      Speaker: Staci Horwitz

      Audience: CLT practitioners, homeowners, partners. Participants should have a general understanding of permanently affordable housing

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Training Institute IconThis course offers a comprehensive introduction to the nuts and bolts of creating and operating a community land trust: How are CLTs defined? What are their key characteristics? How are they structured and governed? How do they operate? How can you best communicate about CLTs to partners and allies?

      Session Materials: PowerPoint slides

      Event Speaker

      • Staci Horwitz

        Program Director
        City of Lakes Community Land Trust

        Staci Horwitz joined City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) in March of 2006 and serves as the Program Director overseeing buyer education, qualification, and closing processes as well as rehabilitation for the Homebuyer Initiated Program. Staci has experience in nonprofit administration; program development, implementation and evaluation; financial management; contract management; and computer systems support. Outside her work with the CLCLT, Staci has facilitated workshops on community land trusts and homeowner engagement for NeighborWorks® America and the National CLT Network. Staci received her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    • Habitat-CLT Collaborations

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      Speakers: Barbara Inman | Dev Goetschius

      Audience: CLT practitioners, Habitat affiliates, policy makers

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      In this session, we’ll cover the common history and values for Habitat for Humanity affiliates and community land trusts and the various ways that they have (and can) collaborate.  Attendees will learn how the two models’ shared history and missions can come together with different resources and services to effectively partner to create homes affordable in perpetuity.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides

      Event Speakers

      • Barbara Inman

        President/CEO
        Habitat for Humanity

        Barbara was named the first CEO for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, California in 1993. In 1998, recruited by HfH of Lee County, Florida, and in 2003 took over as President/CEO of Habitat Pinellas, where she stayed for 10 years; named President/CEO of HfH Florida in July of 2013.

      • Dev Goetschius

        Executive Director
        Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County

        Dev Goetschius has been executive director of Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County in Petaluma, CA since 2003, working in partnership with local government to produce and preserve permanently affordable, owner-occupied homes. She has over 20 years experience in management, strategic planning, and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Dev is a founding member and past president of the board of directors of the National Community Land Trust Network. In 2010 she joined Burlington Associates in Community Development, national consulting firm that specializes in the development and evaluation of affordable housing policies and community land trust programs.

    • Inclusionary Housing Program Administration: Tacking Tough Questions

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      Speakers: Jenee Gaynor | Rhoda Stauffer | Lisa Schwartz

      Audience: Inclusionary housing practitioners, policy makers and partners

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      Getting an inclusionary housing policy passed is far from the end of the road – program administration brings with it a whole new set of challenges.  This session will feature seasoned inclusionary housing practitioners offering lessons learned and ideas for how to improve an inclusionary housing program for increased impact and success!

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides

      Event Speakers

      • Jenee Gaynor

        Capacity Building Senior Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as Capacity Building Senior Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network, Jenee was Program Officer at Cornerstone Partnership, where she supported Cornerstone Homeownership Innovation Program (CHIP) grantees to increase the scale and capacity of their long term affordable homeownership programs and to share their experiences with the field. In the past, Jenee has managed projects and grants in a variety of areas – ranging from green jobs training to transportation planning – most recently at the National Association of Regional Councils. Jenee received her BA from the George Washington University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University. After returning from a semester of studying international development in Northeast Thailand, Jenee became increasingly aware of the significant barriers to equality and opportunity in her own community. She shifted her interest to economic and community development and began work on economic, workforce and community development issues in various roles. Eventually, she joined Cornerstone Partnership, first as a Grant Administrator and then as a Program Officer.

      • Rhoda Stauffer

        Affordable Housing Project Manager
        Park City Municipal Corporation

        Rhoda Stauffer manages the affordable housing programs for Park City Municipal Corporation. Prior to joining the City, she spent 25 years working with local, regional and national nonprofit organizations to design programs, advise on organizational development as well as design and finance affordable housing programs.

      • Lisa Schwartz

        Senior Planning Specialist
        Maryland Department of Housing and Community Affairs

        Lisa Schwartz is a Senior Planning Specialist in the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and has worked with the County’s MPDU Program since 2007. Lisa holds an A.B. from Trinity College in Connecticut, and a Master of Urban Planning (MURP) from George Washington University.

    • Addressing Airbnb and Other Short-term Rentals

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      Speakers: Charisse Ma Lebron | Roy Samaan | Ben Beach | Giulia Pasciuto

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      As short term home rental platforms like AirBNB grow in popularity, more and more people are recognizing their substantial negative impact on the critical supply of affordable rental housing. Thanks to the work of advocacy organizations, some cities are now taking meaningful steps to limit their impact.  Leaders from organizations working to address this problem, will share their tools and lessons for researching, exposing and taking action around short term rental platforms.

      Event Speakers

      • Charisse Ma Lebron

        Director of Health Policy and Community Development
        Working Partnerships USA

      • Roy Samaan

        Research and Policy Analyst
        Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

        Roy Samaan joined the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) in 2014. He was the lead author on the 2015 report "Airbnb, Rising Rent and the Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles" which provided one of the first glimpses into the inner workings of the short-term rental industry.    

      • Ben Beach

        Legal Director
        Partnership For Working Families

        Ben is the Legal Director of the Partnership for Working Families. He brings over a decade’s worth of experience working with community-based campaigns and local governments on a variety of matters, including community benefits and affordable housing.

      • Giulia Pasciuto

        Policy & Research Analyst
        Puget Sound Sage

        Giulia Pasciuto is a Policy & Research Analyst at Puget Sound Sage. She provides strategic research and crafts policy solutions for Sage's equitable transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and land-use campaigns. Giulia has an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.

    • State-level Approaches to Tackle Exclusion and Displacement

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      Speakers: Thomas Silverstein | Sam Tepperman‐Gelfant | Rev. Eric Dobson | Elisabeth Voigt

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      This session will focus on state and regional policy tools used to tackle inequitable and discriminatory land use and housing policies. It will explore (1) state-level policies used to dismantle exclusionary zoning practices, highlighting organizing and advocacy around New Jersey’s Mount Laurel system, and (2) state and regional strategies to stem displacement, focusing on models from California.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides by Thomas Silverstein of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

      Event Speakers

      • Thomas Silverstein

        Associate Counsel
        Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

        Thomas Silverstein is an Associate Counsel in the Fair Housing & Community Development Project at the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on implementation of the duty to affirmatively further fair housing and impact litigation under the Fair Housing Act.

      • Sam Tepperman‐Gelfant

        Senior Staff Attorney
        Public Advocates, California

        Sam Tepperman‐Gelfant, a senior staff attorney at Public Advocates, fights in partnership with grassroots organizations for racial and economic justice throughout California. His work tackles issues such as gentrification and displacement, suburban exclusion, affordable housing, fair housing, transit equity, and climate and environmental justice.

      • Rev. Eric Dobson

        Staff Outreach Coordinator
        Fair Share Housing Center

        Rev. Eric Dobson is the Staff Outreach Coordinator for the Fair Share Housing Center which mission is to end discriminatory housing patterns which have deprived the poor the opportunity to reside in an environment which offers safe, decent, and sanitary housing. Eric is an ordained minister and outreach specialist.

      • Elisabeth Voigt

        Consultant
        Ford Foundation & Open Society Foundations

        Elisabeth is a consultant to foundations and non‐profit organizations, providing policy analysis, strategic advice, and facilitation to advance inclusive communities. Before consulting, Elisabeth served as Special Assistant to the HUD General Counsel, a Staff Attorney with Public Advocates Inc., and a law clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    • Serving Very Low Income Households

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      Speakers: Emila Sutton | Jeff Corey

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      We know that serving very low-income households is both incredibly important and technically challenging. Hear success stories from programs that are creating and ensuring access to housing opportunities for very low-income households and learn how they addressed challenges around funding, financing, tenant screening and tenant support services.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides by Jeff Corey, One Roof; Report: Using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to Create Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities

      Event Speakers

      • Emila Sutton

        Program and Policy Analyst
        North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

        Ms. Sutton provides policy and research support regarding the system of affordable housing in NC. Prior to joining NCHFA, Ms. Sutton worked at the NC Coalition to End Homelessness coordinating the largest Continuum of Care in the state. She has managed programs serving low income households at nonprofit organizations in NC and AZ and was appointed to serve as a the Co-chair of the governor’s Asset Building Task Force. Currently, Ms. Sutton is a law student at NC Central University. She earned her MA in History from James Madison University and BS in Political Science from Bridgewater College.

      • Jeff Corey

        Executive Director
        One Roof Housing

        Jeff Corey has been exeuctive director for One Roof Community Housing (formerly Northern Communities Land Trust) since 1998. During this time, One Roof has assisted nearly 400 households purchase Community Land Trust (CLT) homes by developing 285 CLT homes and facilitating the resale of 102 CLT homes.  In 2011, Jeff and One Roof Deputy Director, Cliff Knettel, led the merging of Neighborhood Housing Services of Duluth and Northern Communities Land Trust into what became One Roof Community Housing in January of 2012.  Jeff led the development of Duluth Veterans’ Place (16 units of transitional and permanet supportive housing for homeless veterans) and the development of Steve O’Neil Apartments (50 units of permanent supportive and shelter housing for homeless families with dependent children).  Jeff is responsible for overall administration and housing development for One Roof. Jeff was founding president for and currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition.  He is past chair for the Northland Foundation board of trustees, past chair of Duluth’s Affordable Housing Coalition and a member of the boards of Growing Farms and Loaves and Fishes Housing, Inc. In 1994, Jeff married high school sweetheart and fellow English major, Michele Flatau.  The Corey-Flatau Clan includes 16 year-old son Jasper, 19 year-old son Cedar, 4 year-old Dachshund Stella and 10 year old lab-husky Mika.

    • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Ask the Experts

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      Speakers: Adam Gordon | Sam Tepperman‐Gelfant | Cashauna Hill

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

      Take advantage of this informal session to ask experts about how you can advance fair housing in your community. This session will build upon topics introduced earlier in the day in the “Fair Housing: Advancing Inclusive Communities” and “State-Level Approaches to Exclusionary Practices” sessions but feel free to join even if you are approaching the topic for the first time!

      Event Speakers

      • Adam Gordon

        Associate Director
        Fair Share Housing Center

      • Sam Tepperman‐Gelfant

        Senior Staff Attorney
        Public Advocates, California

        Sam Tepperman‐Gelfant, a senior staff attorney at Public Advocates, fights in partnership with grassroots organizations for racial and economic justice throughout California. His work tackles issues such as gentrification and displacement, suburban exclusion, affordable housing, fair housing, transit equity, and climate and environmental justice.

      • Cashauna Hill

        Executive Director
        Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

        Cashauna Hill has served as Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) since April of 2015. Cashauna is a graduate of Spelman College and Tulane Law School. At GNOFHAC, she leads a team of 16 dedicated fair housing advocates.

    • Stopping HUD's Sale of our Homes to Wall Street

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      Speakers: Trina Scordo | Amy Schur | Johnathan Westin | Maurice Weeks

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

      At its worst, HUD’s Distressed Asset Pools program sold 98% of its distressed mortgages to Wall Street’s major players and, as a result, Blackstone is now the largest single family home landlord in the country. This session will talk about the campaign to change HUD’s program and sell more mortgages to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) that can keep families in their homes or create more affordable housing. Learn more about this critical campaign and how you can help!

      Event Speakers

      • Trina Scordo

        Executive Director
        New Jersey Communities for Change

      • Amy Schur

        Executive Director
        Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

      • Johnathan Westin

        Director
        New York Communities for Change

      • Maurice Weeks

        Campaign Coordinator
        Center for Popular Democracy

        Maurice supports CPD partners in Housing and Wall Street Accountability campaigns. Prior to CPD, he was Campaign Director for Rise Up Georgia. Before that he spent four years with The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment leading community campaigns. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he is originally from Newark, NJ.

    • Community Land Trust Community of Practice Gathering

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      Audience: CLT practitioners and partners

      Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

      Join your colleagues for a session dedicated to all things CLT. Grounded Solutions Network Members and staff will collaboratively set the gathering agenda this summer and will leave plenty of time for emerging topics. This gathering is a fantastic opportunity to meet with your peers from across the country, make connections, identify shared challenges and brainstorm priorities for support going forward.

      Session Materials: CLT Community of Practice Concept Paper, CLT Community of Practice Annual Update, Small Group Discussion Questions, Starter list of BIG Questions for 2017, Meeting Summary & Notes

    • Next Level Lounge: Technical Assistance and Career Development

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      Audience: All Conference Attendees

      Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

      Whether you’re looking to take your program or career to the next level, we’ll have opportunities for you in the Next Level Lounge. You’ll find 1-1 technical assistance, discuss your resume and career goals with professionals and hear the stories of others’ experiences in the sector.

      In addition to career development activities and engaging discussions, the Next Level Lounge will feature one-on-one technical assistance appointments with Grounded Solutions Network staff and partners. Topics range from CLT and IH program design to exploring social ventures or innovative programs. Check out all of the options and available appointments here.

  • Thursday, September 29

    • Organizational and Financial Sustainability

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      Speakers: Michael Brown | Julie Brunner

      Audience: General audience, particularly executive directors and program managers

      Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

      Training Institute IconOrganizational sustainability is critical in order to honor our industry’s commitment to long term stewardship.  That means thinking about how to sustain financial health and mission impact over the long-term. This course will introduce participants to the concept of building a sustainable nonprofit business model that involves analyzing your current mix of programs and revenue streams and identifying ways to make them more sustainable.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint slides, Fee-Subsidy Workbook

      Event Speakers

      • Michael Brown

        Partner
        Burlington Associates in Community Development

        Michael Brown is a Partner in Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC, a national consulting group with a major focus on shared-equity homeownership. Michael helped establish one of the first CLTs in the country in eastern Tennessee in the early 1980’s and later served as the co-director of the Institute for Community Economics. Michael has provided technical assistance to over 60 new and existing CLTs, with services ranging from feasibility analysis and business planning, to program design and implementation, to adding commercial properties to CLT portfolios, to building financial and political support for community land trusts. Michael lives with his life partner in rural Collegeville Township in Minnesota.

      • Julie Brunner

        Housing Manager
        OPAL Community Land Trust

        Julie has been the Housing Manager for OPAL Community Land Trust since 2002. In that capacity, Julie manages resident and homebuyer policies, project financing, resident applications, mortgage financing and homebuyer education instruction. In addition to working for OPAL, Julie is a consultant specializing in CLTs and homeownership programs and has been teaching courses for the National Community Land Trust since 2006. Julie has worked in the field of affordable housing since 1995 and prior to that in social service and international economic development. She has a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. Julie lives with her husband and two daughters on Orcas Island in Washington.

    • Post-Purchase Stewardship

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      Speaker: Staci Horwitz

      Audience: CLT, IH and shared equity housing practitioners and policy makers. Session participants should already be familiar with the fundamentals of permanently affordable housing

      Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

      Training Institute IconCLTs and permanently affordable housing organizations commit to the stewardship of both homes and homeowners in order to: 1) monitor and enforce contractual agreements that preserve affordability, 2) encourage sound maintenance of properties and 3) promote homeowner success and prevent foreclosure. This hands-on course will review best practices of stewardship programs and outline the critical factors of stewardship that programs must address.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint slides

      Event Speaker

      • Staci Horwitz

        Program Director
        City of Lakes Community Land Trust

        Staci Horwitz joined City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) in March of 2006 and serves as the Program Director overseeing buyer education, qualification, and closing processes as well as rehabilitation for the Homebuyer Initiated Program. Staci has experience in nonprofit administration; program development, implementation and evaluation; financial management; contract management; and computer systems support. Outside her work with the CLCLT, Staci has facilitated workshops on community land trusts and homeowner engagement for NeighborWorks® America and the National CLT Network. Staci received her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    • Managing Inclusionary Housing Rental Portfolios

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      Speakers: Linda Prosnitz | Kristin Hyser

      Audience: IH practitioners, policy makers and partners

      Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

      This “work the problem” style session will feature experienced practitioners sharing their key successes and ongoing challenges in managing inclusionary housing rental portfolios. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own work, sharing lessons learned and identifying key areas where practitioners across the country need additional support – we might not solve every challenge identified in this session, but we’ll move towards building new resources and sharing best practices.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides

      Event Speakers

      • Linda Prosnitz

        Housing Planner
        City of Cambridge

        Linda Prosnitz has over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing field. She currently works for the City of Cambridge managing the inclusionary housing program and overseeing other initiatives. Prior to this, Linda was a housing consultant and also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

      • Kristin Hyser

        Kristin Hyser

        Kristin Hyser serves as the Community Investment Program Manager for the City of Boulder Division of Housing facilitating the creation and preservation of permanently affordable housing. Kristin has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College and a MA in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

    • Organizing Residents for Housing Justice

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      Speakers: Michael Anderson | Jason Webb | Sandra McNeill

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

      There is no one better positioned to make the case for equitable investment in communities and affordable housing than those who have directly benefitted. This workshop will share examples for organizing residents to advance policy change, both on the community level in south central Los Angeles and on a state level in California and Washington.

      Event Speakers

      • Michael Anderson

        Director
        Center for Community Change

        Michael Anderson is the Director of the Center for Community Change’s Housing Trust Fund Project. For three decades, the Project has operated as a clearinghouse of information on housing trust funds throughout the country, providing technical and strategic assistance to organizations and agencies working to create or implement these funds. Based in Portland, Oregon, Michael provides technical assistance and support to state and local coalitions working to establish and strengthen housing trust funds that dedicate public revenue to creating and preserving affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes.

      • Jason Webb

        Capacity Building Specialist
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as Capacity Building Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network, Jason was Community & Capacity Building Associate at the National Community Land Trust Network. Before that, Jason worked for 15 years for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Network Member Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), serving in several roles such as Director of Real Estate and Technology, Director of DNI “The Community Land Trust,” and Director of Administration and Finance. He oversaw the development of several community land trust developments and created a youth development / youth jobs program called CommunityScapes. Over the years, this land stewardship and community outreach program has hired significant numbers of youth and young adults, including new immigrants and young people with criminal records. In addition, he has played a significant role with DSNI’s internal technology capacity as well as the use of technology innovations in the community building process.

      • Sandra McNeill

        Executive Director
        TRUST South LA

        Sandra McNeill has served as the Executive Director of TRUST South LA since 2007. She holds a  M.A. in Urban Planning from University of California-Los Angeles, and has an extensive background in community activism.  Since 1995, Sandra has collaborated with other community organizers to found Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) where she helped found the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice.  She has provided leadership to campaigns challenging developers, universities and the city to create more equitable development plans for South Central neighborhoods.  Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Sandra worked in adult education in Seattle, Washington.  In 2006, Ms. McNeill joined TRUST South LA after living in Oaxaca, Mexico for two years with her two daughters.

    • Community Sourced Mortgage Financing

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      Speakers: Heather Benham | Lisa Byers

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

      Are you looking for new, creative forms of mortgage financing for your homebuyers? Lisa Byers of OPAL Community Land Trust and Heather Benham of the Athens Land Trust will engage participants in a discussion based on their experiences with launching community loan funds to provide mortgage financing for buyers whose needs are not being met by institutional lenders.

      Event Speakers

      • Heather Benham

        Executive Director
        Athens Land Trust

        Heather Benham is currently the Executive Director for the Athens Land Trust, where she oversees the organization’s affordable housing program, community agriculture program and their land conservation program. She previously served as their Housing Director for 8 years, while the program grew from one single-family home to 52 single-family properties and 96 affordable rental units. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Hendrix College and a Masters in Historic Preservation and Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia.    

      • Lisa Byers

        Executive Director
        OPAL Community Land Trust

        Lisa Byers has been the Executive Director of OPAL Community Land Trust in Eastsound, WA (Orcas Island) since January 1996.  She was a co-founder of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition and the National Community Land Trust (CLT) Network, where she served as the founding President of the Board.  She has taught classes and provided consulting on organizational development & sustainability, fundraising, finance, and CLT stewardship practices. Prior to her work with community land trusts, Byers was Land Steward for the San Juan County Land Bank, and worked for ten years as a manager for Historic New England/SPNEA, based in Boston, MA. She has an M.B.A. in public and non-profit management from Boston University, and a B.A. from Vassar College.

    • Work the Problem: CLT Central Server

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      Speaker: John Emmeus Davis

      Audience: CLT practitioners, partners and policy makers

      Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

      Over the years, we’ve talked about how CLTs working in the same geographic area can collaborate through a “central server” or “hub and spoke” model. In this “work the problem” style session, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences navigating these relationships, sharing lessons learned and identifying key areas where practitioners across the country need additional support. We might not solve every challenge identified in this session, but we’ll move towards building new resources and sharing best practices.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides, Networked Community Land Trusts: An Analysis of Existing Models and Needs by Ben Baldwin

      Event Speaker

      • John Emmeus Davis

        Founding Partner
        Burlington Associates in Community Development

        John Emmeus Davis is a founding partner in Burlington Associates in Community Development LLC, a national consulting cooperative that has assisted over 100 CLTs, new and old, since 1993. He previously served for ten years as the housing director for Burlington, VT under Mayors Bernie Sanders and Peter Clavelle. His publications include Manuel d'antispeculation immobiliere (2014), The Community Land Trust Reader (2010), The City-CLT Partnership (2008), Shared Equity Homeownership (2006), The Affordable City (1994), and The Community Land Trust Handbook (1982). He has lately been working in other media: narrating a DVD presentation entitled Roots of the CLT; co-producing the film Arc of Justice, and serving as the "master gardener" for the website Roots & Branches (www.cltroots.org).

    • Resident Engagement: Considerations and Strategies

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      Speaker: Staci Horwitz

      Audience: CLT, IH and shared equity practitioners, homeowners, board members

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Training Institute IconThis session will focus on considerations and strategies to sustain and leverage engagement amongst your program’s residents that both internally support residents in what they want to do and support your organization.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint slides

      Event Speaker

      • Staci Horwitz

        Program Director
        City of Lakes Community Land Trust

        Staci Horwitz joined City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) in March of 2006 and serves as the Program Director overseeing buyer education, qualification, and closing processes as well as rehabilitation for the Homebuyer Initiated Program. Staci has experience in nonprofit administration; program development, implementation and evaluation; financial management; contract management; and computer systems support. Outside her work with the CLCLT, Staci has facilitated workshops on community land trusts and homeowner engagement for NeighborWorks® America and the National CLT Network. Staci received her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    • Preserving Mobile Home Parks

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      Speakers: Crystal Launder | Chelsea Catto | Beth Sorce

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Mobile home parks are a critical source of naturally occurring homeownership—especially for households earning less than 50% of the area median income. But, they are increasingly at risk of being lost to the market. Learn more about the manufactured housing and mobile home park landscape, emerging preservation strategies and the need to increase security of tenure for vulnerable households.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides, Report: Moving Beyond the Mobile Myth

      Event Speakers

      • Crystal Launder

        Housing Planner
        City of Boulder

        Crystal Launder is a housing planner with the City of Boulder, Colorado, a community with mobile home park preservation policies. She has a long-standing interest in shared equity housing models and has worked for community land trust organizations and volunteered on a cooperative housing board. Other professional hats she has worn include housing market analyst, public school teacher and social worker. Crystal holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University.

      • Chelsea Catto

        Director of Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development
        CASA of Oregon

        Chelsea Catto is the Director of Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development for CASA of Oregon. Prior to joining CASA, she worked for Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian aid agency. Ms. Catto holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Oregon and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.

      • Beth Sorce

        Director of Capacity Building
        Grounded Solutions Network

        Prior to serving as Director of Capacity Building at Grounded Solutions Network, Beth was the Community & Capacity Building Manager at the National Community Land Trust Network. Beth has also worked as both an urban planner with GCR, Inc. and a Community Development Finance Fellow with Providence Community Housing, a local nonprofit specializing in affordable housing development. Beth earned her masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, where she conducted research on the role of CLTs in weak market cities, in the commercial realm and in the development and preservation of Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects.

    • Housing Trust Funds

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      Speakers: Nora Lichtash | Michael Anderson

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Housing trust funds can be a significant and flexible source of funding and financing for permanently affordable housing programs. This session will highlight housing trust fund trends, innovations and strategies for making community land trusts an eligible housing trust fund activity and for giving priority (or requiring) permanent affordability for housing trust fund investments.

      Event Speakers

      • Nora Lichtash

        Executive Director
        Women's Community Revitalization Project

        Nora Lichtash is the Executive Director of the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP). WCRP is recognized for its housing and community development strategies and for involving low-income women and their families in the process of community building. Nora worked with community leaders to establish the Community Justice Land Trust. Picture-

      • Michael Anderson

        Director
        Center for Community Change

        Michael Anderson is the Director of the Center for Community Change’s Housing Trust Fund Project. For three decades, the Project has operated as a clearinghouse of information on housing trust funds throughout the country, providing technical and strategic assistance to organizations and agencies working to create or implement these funds. Based in Portland, Oregon, Michael provides technical assistance and support to state and local coalitions working to establish and strengthen housing trust funds that dedicate public revenue to creating and preserving affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes.

    • Inclusionary Housing- Preserving what we Create

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      Speakers: Cindee LaCourse-Blum | Maria Benjamin | Mardie Oaks

      Audience: Inclusionary housing practitioners, policy makers and partners

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      Inclusionary housing programs across the country are now creating more units than ever and as a result, the need to preserve their affordability is growing as well.  This session will feature speakers providing monitoring, stewardship and compliance for inclusionary housing programs in a range of ways – programs doing the work in-house, nonprofit partners doing this work under contract, and innovative CLT-local government partnerships – all bringing the same result of lasting affordability in communities across the country.

      Session Materials: PowerPoint Slides

      Event Speakers

      • Cindee LaCourse-Blum

        Executive director
        CLT of Palm Beach County, Inc.

        Cindee LaCourse-Blum is the founding Executive Director of the CLT of Palm Beach County, Inc. During her tenure, the CLT of PBC has been awarded $12 million in Federal and State funds for the redevelopment of 52 single family homes and 80 multi-family units.

      • Maria Benjamin

        Director of Homeownership & BMR Housing
        San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development

      • Mardie Oaks

        Executive Director
        Hello Housing

        Mardie Oaks co-founded Hello Housing in 2005, a housing developer which also manages a $450 Million portfolio of affordable homes on behalf of the local government. Mardie combines experience in design; development and finance to make places where people thrive. Mardie has an architecture degree from Rice University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a 2005 Echoing Green Fellow.

    • CLT Inspirations: Puerto Rico and Louisiana

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      Speakers: María E. Hernández | Kristina Peterson | Albert Naquin

      Audience: General Audience

      Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

      The community land trust movement is ever evolving. Hear from two organizations in Puerto Rico and Louisiana that are taking the movement in new directions by reconnecting residents with the land in their own communities and coping with climate change.

      Event Speakers

      • María E. Hernández

        President
        El Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña

        María E. Hernández, Esq. holds an LL.M. in Environmental Law and a M.A. in Business Education in Higher Education. As a volunteer for the Caño Communities she chairs the Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña Board of Trustees and was the lead counsel in writing the CLT regulations.

      • Kristina Peterson

        Co-Founder
        Lowlander Center

        Kristina Peterson is an applied social scientist who studies scientist/community interaction including how to support and prepare both scientists and community members for working together and how that work transforms both parties. She is a co-founder of the Lowlander Center, a nonprofit organization that helps create solutions through education, research, and advocacy, beginning at the community level, for Lowland people and places in the bayous of Louisiana. Peterson was a founding board member of the National Hazards Mitigation Association and the Gender and Disaster Network. She is an Advisory Board member of the Thriving Earth Exchange of the Geophysical Union and is a fellow in the Society of Applied Anthropology.

      • Albert Naquin

        Traditional Chief
        Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians

        Chief Albert P. Naquin is the Traditional Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. A strong advocate for his people and homeland, he has represented his Tribe on numerous occasions at the State, Federal and National level including a visit to the United Nations in 2010. He has also traveled to Alaska to gain direction from their experience during the Exxon Valdez Spill, The Grandmothers Council in Montana, and was a representative for his Tribe at the State level for education as well as a representative in laying the groundwork for the Albuquerque 2000 and Marksville 2010 Census.

    • Tour Park City

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      Audience: All Conference Attendees

      Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

      Tour Park City and surrounding areas with our hosts, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust. Along the way, you’ll see award winning resorts, Olympic venues and the colorful fall leaves. The tour will show affordable housing projects — apartments, lease to own homes, self-help homes, deed restricted and CLT properties.


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Hotel & Travel

Venue: The Conference will take place at the Grand Summit Hotel, part of the Park City Canyons Village>

Hotel: To book a room at either hotel below call 1-888-416-6195 and mention code “CC0CHT” to get the group rate.

Grand Summit Hotel: Group rate of $159/night – SOLD OUT. “Parlor” rooms (pull-out sofa bed only) are available for $129/night.

Silverado Lodge (5 minute walk to Grand Summit Hotel): Group rate of $129/night (plus $20 resort fee & tax).

Air: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is about 45 minutes away from the conference venue.

Ground: Airport shuttle tickets for $25 each way are available here>

Have some extra time? Visit Park City

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