2021 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference

When

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
to Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

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    Where

    Global ULI Online

    Agenda

    March 16

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Welcome Remarks and State of the US Housing Market

    March 16

    11:45am - 12:30pm

    Overcoming Barriers to Multifamily Development

    March 16

    11:45am - 12:30pm

    The Future of Mixed-Use: Housing and Retail

    March 16

    11:45am - 12:30pm

    Enhancing Community and Corporate Returns through Inclusive Equitable Development Practices

    March 16

    2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Perspectives on Housing and Equitable Development from the New Administration

    March 16

    3:15pm - 4:00pm

    Transcending the Redline: Case Studies in Planning for Prosperity

    March 16

    3:15pm - 4:00pm

    Preserving Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing through Partnership

    March 16

    3:15pm - 4:00pm

    Low-Density Rental Housing

    March 16

    4:00pm - 6:00pm

    ULI Terwilliger Center Board Meeting

    March 16

    7:30pm - 8:30pm

    Perspectives on Housing and Equitable Development from the New Administration (Rebroadcast)

    March 16

    7:30pm - 8:30pm

    Welcome Remarks and State of the US Housing Market (Rebroadcast)

    March 17

    10:30am - 11:30am

    The Future of US Housing Finance

    March 17

    11:45am - 12:30pm

    Creating a Housing Policy for the 21st Century: Multifamily and Single-family Markets that Meet Future Needs

    March 17

    11:45am - 12:30pm

    Adaptive Re-Use: Rehabilitating vacant and blighted historic properties into vibrant mixed-income communities

    March 17

    11:45am - 12:30pm

    Lifting All Boats: Extraordinary Returns on Mixed-Income Housing Development

    March 17

    2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Achieving Resilience, Environmental Sustainability, Health and Affordability in Market-Rate Housing

    March 17

    3:15pm - 4:00pm

    COVID, the Evolving Government-Landlord-Tenant Relationship, and their Impact on Housing Production and Access

    March 17

    3:15pm - 4:00pm

    How REITS are Meeting Broader Community Housing Needs

    March 17

    3:15pm - 4:00pm

    Manufactured Housing Construction

    March 17

    4:15pm - 5:00pm

    Virtual Networking Reception

    March 17

    7:30pm - 8:30pm

    Achieving Resilience, Environmental Sustainability, Health and Affordability in Market-Rate Housing (Rebroadcast)

    March 17

    7:30pm - 8:30pm

    The Future of US Housing Finance (Rebroadcast)

    ULI’s premier annual housing conference brings together a diverse mix of private and nonprofit real estate developers, public officials, urban and regional planners, housing advocates, architects, investors, and lenders with one common goal – to expand opportunities for a full range of residential development in their communities.

    Speakers

    Speaker

    Kimberly Vermeer

    President, Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc.

    Kimberly Vermeer, LEED AP Homes, is a multi-disciplinary green building and sustainability practitioner, with a special focus in the multifamily affordable housing sector. Through her company, Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc., she offers strategic consulting to community development corporations and other affordable housing developers to advance sustainability and climate resilience. Committed to delivering the benefits of green building to vulnerable populations, Kim works with teams to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy, water conservation, healthy housing and climate resilience into their projects. She directs project certification through LEED or Enterprise Green Communities rating systems, as well as the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) rating system for larger master-planned projects. Ms. Vermeer is co-author, with Walker Wells, of the forthcoming book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition, published on July 2020. Ms. Vermeer is also an experienced teacher and educator, and was recently a Practitioner Scholar at UMass Boston, co-teaching an environmental science capstone course. She has also developed, planned and facilitated many professional education and peer learning events. Her background includes housing finance, policy and development. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master in City and Regional Planning degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Speaker

    Ali Wolf

    Chief Economist, Zonda

    Ali Wolf is the Chief Economist for Zonda. As head of the Economics Department, Ali manages and analyzes the content for Zonda, provides data analytics, runs special research projects, and presents nationwide, covering topics across the housing market and the wider economy. Ali has focused much of her career on understanding prior recessions and led the charge on ‘Millennials discussing Millennials’ in the homebuilding space. Highly regarded as an industry expert, Ali is quoted frequently in national publications including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, NPR Marketplace, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Yahoo! Finance. Prior to joining the Zonda team, Ali worked for another consultancy firm and was a researcher for both the Canadian and UK Parliaments. Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Economics and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics in Real Estate Economics and Finance.

    Speaker

    Ed Walter

    Global Chief Executive Officer, Urban Land Institute

    W. Edward (Ed) Walter, a widely renowned real estate industry leader and most recently the Steers Chair in Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, is ULI's Global Chief Executive Officer. Walter brings to ULI more than 35 years of management experience in the real estate profession across a variety of disciplines including hotels, multifamily, and land development, with a strong emphasis on capital markets and investments. From 2007 through 2016, he served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc., where he led a $19 billion-plus global lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) with a high-performing portfolio of more than 110 hotels around the world. Prior to becoming Host’s CEO, he served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer for more than four years and served in other executive roles at Host for seven years prior to being named the CFO. Walter’s service at Host overlapped with his four-year tenure at Georgetown, where he created and taught the Real Estate Public Equity course, which is designed to explore multiple aspects of REITs.

    Speaker

    Kimberly Vermeer

    President, Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc.

    Kimberly Vermeer, LEED AP Homes, is a multi-disciplinary green building and sustainability practitioner, with a special focus in the multifamily affordable housing sector. Through her company, Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc., she offers strategic consulting to community development corporations and other affordable housing developers to advance sustainability and climate resilience. Committed to delivering the benefits of green building to vulnerable populations, Kim works with teams to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy, water conservation, healthy housing and climate resilience into their projects. She directs project certification through LEED or Enterprise Green Communities rating systems, as well as the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) rating system for larger master-planned projects. Ms. Vermeer is co-author, with Walker Wells, of the forthcoming book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition, published on July 2020. Ms. Vermeer is also an experienced teacher and educator, and was recently a Practitioner Scholar at UMass Boston, co-teaching an environmental science capstone course. She has also developed, planned and facilitated many professional education and peer learning events. Her background includes housing finance, policy and development. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master in City and Regional Planning degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Speaker

    Mark Oberholzer

    KTGY Architecture + Planning

    Context is everything. In cities like Los Angeles, context includes not just existing buildings and neighborhoods, but an emerging sense of urban identity and possibility. Mark Oberholzer’s strength is engaging with the context of client goals, zoning complexity, urban design, stakeholder influences, economic imperatives and design integrity to tease out extraordinary architectural solutions. Over the last five years, Mark has been at the forefront of KTGY’s expertise in innovative construction techniques – harnessing the design possibilities of modular construction, bearing steel stud systems and heavy timber. Mark sees construction technology as another part of the context of design, bringing a conviction that collaboration, imagination, hard work and a sense of humor are the best tools to reaching the goal of better design.

    Speaker

    Vicki Davis

    President, Urban Atlantic

    Vicki Davis is responsible for managing the acquisition, planning, design, and implementation of all Urban Atlantic projects, and asset management of properties that the company owns and its Mid-City Community CDE investment portfolio. With over 30 years of experience in real estate development, she formerly served as Deputy Director of the Maryland Housing Fund and Maryland DHCD -Division of Credit Assurance. Her experience also includes portfolio management for MNC Financial-South Charles Realty and multifamily development for Trammell Crow Residential. As the principal with oversight for development and asset management for Urban Atlantic, Ms. Davis has managed development of over $2 billion in real estate projects and overseen a portfolio of over $5 billion in real estate investments. She has developed over 8,800 multifamily residential units and 934,000 commercial square feet for Urban Atlantic, including 11 large-scale public-private redevelopments and Transit Oriented Development for local jurisdictions, transit authorities and public housing authorities in Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee. Ms. Davis holds a MBA in Finance from American University, an MS in Engineering & Construction Management from University of Texas, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. She taught for 12 years in the Johns Hopkins Real Estate MBA program and is a LEED AP. She serves on the Boards of the Building Industry Association, Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID), ULI Terwilliger, and CulturalDC.

    Speaker

    Catherine Buell

    Head of Community Development, Amazon in the Community

    As Head of Community Development, Catherine Buell is responsible for long-term and innovative programs that address civic priorities in the communities where Amazon employees live and work. Catherine helped launch and oversees Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund, a more than $2 billion commitment to preserve and create over 20,000 affordable housing units in Washington State’s Puget Sound region; Arlington, Virginia; and Nashville, Tennessee—three communities where the company has or expects to have at least 5,000 employees each in the coming years. Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund will help preserve existing housing and help create inclusive housing developments through below-market loans and grants to housing partners, traditional and non-traditional public agencies, and minority-led organizations. Catherine previously served as the President and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority (d/b/a “Atlanta Housing” or “AH”) where led the agency’s strategic, financial and operational efforts by providing housing to more than 23,000 of Atlanta’s low-and extremely low-income households. While at Atlanta Housing, Catherine led the development of the agency’s five year plan, called “Vision 2022” (Live, Work, Thrive), aimed at increasing the number of households served, increasing investments in family self-sufficiency efforts and agency fiscal responsibility. During her tenure, she advanced major real estate efforts including partnerships with the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. to develop affordable housing near the popular BeltLine and also work with Invest Atlanta to purchase the 19-acre Civic Center site in downtown Atlanta. She also served as Vice President of Policy and Programs for the Greater Washington Partnership, a first-of-its-kind civic alliance of CEOs in the Washington D.C. region, where she focused on a range of issues include regional housing policy issues. Prior to her time in Atlanta, Catherine served as the executive director of St. Elizabeth’s East, one of the District of Columbia’s largest mixed-use redevelopment projects. As a result of her tenure, St. Elizabeths East became home to the District’s Entertainment and Sports Arena which hosts the Washington Mystic’s performance arena and Wizards practice facility, the Residences at St. Elizabeths (a mixed-income multi-family housing development), the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Gateway D.C. Ms. Buell also served as the Chair of the Washington D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board and earned a number of awards for her revitalization efforts – the Built by Women DC Award and Historic Preservation Review Board Chair’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation among them. Catherine also serves on a number of boards, including Community of Hope (DC), Greater Greater Washington and the Anacostia Coordinating Council. She started her career as an attorney with Patton Boggs LLP where she counseled institutional investors on real estate assets and private equity funds in the United States, South America, and Europe. She is a cum laude graduate of Spelman College and the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Speaker

    David Brickman

    Former CEO, Freddie Mac

    Up through January of this year, David Brickman was Chief Executive Officer of Freddie Mac, one of the largest providers of mortgage financing in the U.S. Prior to that he was President. He also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. During his tenure he led the 2+ trillion-dollar company through a period of significant growth, change, and disruption as a result of the COVID crisis and associated recession. Brickman spent most of his career at Freddie Mac working in and leading the Multifamily business, where he presided over a remarkable period of growth – raising annual production from $16 billion in 2010 to almost $80 billion in 2018. He also established the company's flagship K-Deal securitization program as one of the leading securitized products in the structured finance markets. Brickman also drove significant innovation and an expansion in Freddie Mac's products and offerings – particularly those serving the growing need for affordable and workforce housing. Brickman completed all doctoral coursework for the Ph.D. program in economics and real estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University and an Adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

    Speaker

    Ron Terwilliger

    Chairman, Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners

    Ron Terwilliger is Chairman of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, which focuses on workforce, and affordable housing, furthering the development of mixed-income communities with a range of housing options. He also serves as Chairman of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees. Ron is additionally past Chairman of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and currently chairs Habitat’s Global Development Council. He is Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company, a national residential real estate company and the largest developer of multifamily housing in the U.S. for several decades during his tenure as CEO. Ron is an honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After serving five years in the Navy, he received his MBA degree with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business where he was elected a Baker Scholar. Ron is past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves as a Trustee. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center. Ron serves as on the board of I Have a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating low-income children. Ron serves on the boards of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Urban Institute and Horatio Alger Association. Ron’s philanthropic contributions include a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Ron’s $5 million gift to the Enterprise Foundation created the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund – targeted to create 2,000 affordable homes annually. Ron also made a $5 million gift to Enterprise and the Urban Institute to provide Resident Services to low income families. He has pledged and contributed more than $50 million to the U.S. Naval Academy. His $100 million legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity International will help 60,000 families access improved housing conditions. Ron is prepaying $15 million of that gift to create the Terwilliger Center for Innovation and Shelter to bring market-based solutions to low income families worldwide to improve their housing conditions. Ron was inducted into the National Association of Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, Ron was honored by the National Housing Conference with the Housing Leader of the Year Award. Ron was honored in 2009 by the United States Naval Academy as a Distinguished Graduate for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron was honored with the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism. Ron was the recipient of the 2013 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Ron was also selected for the Prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, bestowed upon individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education. Ron received the 2017 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to elevating the national discussion on rebalancing federal housing policy to better serve the needs of low-income households.

    Speaker

    Tony Pickett

    CEO, Grounded Solutions Network

    Tony Pickett is the Chief Executive Officer of Grounded Solutions Network, a national nonprofit organization with over 200 members. Working together with local community leaders, Grounded Solutions advances its mission to cultivate communities — equitable, inclusive and rich in opportunity — by implementing affordable housing solutions that last for generations. Tony’s over 35 years of professional community development experience includes successful permanently affordable shared equity housing development and thought leadership; promoting inclusive housing policies and expanding the use of community land trusts for racial equity impact. Tony’s prior experience includes his role as the Senior V.P. of Master Site Development for the Denver, Colorado based Urban Land Conservancy. His accomplishments there are collectively described by collaborators as innovative - thinking about and achieving equitable outcomes in a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary manner. Under Tony’s leadership Grounded Solutions has launched multiple successful national programmatic initiatives, including a multi-city land bank/land trust partnership (“Catalytic Land Cohort”), an inclusive policy focused multi-city cohort (“ForEveryoneHome”) and an exciting 10-year expansion vision for “Lasting Affordability in Housing Now” to achieve 1 million homes. Tony contributes his time and expertise to support the national nonprofit boards of the Up for Growth Coalition, Center for CLT Innovation and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. He is also a founding member of the national community development sector CEOs of Color Circle. Tony is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Architecture, Art and Planning and a strong advocate for holistic and equitable community development initiatives.

    Speaker

    David Garcia

    Policy Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley

    David Garcia is the Policy Director for the Terner Center. He leads the Terner Center’s engagement in local, state and federal housing policy and supports the generation of research-driven policy ideas, proposals, and papers. Prior to joining Terner Center, David worked in real estate development in Stockton, California, and prior to that, worked as a research analyst with the Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC.

    Speaker

    Deb Bilek

    Vice President, Advisory Services, Urban Land Institute

    Deborah Kerson Bilek is the Vice President of Advisory Services at the Urban Land Institute. In this capacity, Deb oversees the daily operations of ULI’s $3.5 million Advisory Services Program (ASP), a signature initiative that empowers ULI members to offer solutions to challenging issues in communities around the world. If you were to ask Deb to describe her job, she would say, “I put people in rooms and make them talk to each other.” Deb is passionate about building community, and her work centers on facilitating multisector collaboration to achieve a common purpose. She facilitates groups and individuals with different interests around issues of importance to the economic competitiveness of the Metropolitan Region. Most recently, the programs she manages touch on issues related to economic development, equity of opportunity, housing affordability, and transportation. Prior to joining the advisory services team, Deb was the Senior Director of Community Outreach at ULI Washington, a district council of the Urban Land Institute. Before ULI, Deb worked as a planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where she served as professional staff to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and managed leadership development programs for citizens. Deb began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, where she also had the opportunity to serve as staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Deb holds an Executive Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University, and her an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and two young kids.

    Speaker

    Ed Walter

    Global Chief Executive Officer, Urban Land Institute

    W. Edward (Ed) Walter, a widely renowned real estate industry leader and most recently the Steers Chair in Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, is ULI's Global Chief Executive Officer. Walter brings to ULI more than 35 years of management experience in the real estate profession across a variety of disciplines including hotels, multifamily, and land development, with a strong emphasis on capital markets and investments. From 2007 through 2016, he served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc., where he led a $19 billion-plus global lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) with a high-performing portfolio of more than 110 hotels around the world. Prior to becoming Host’s CEO, he served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer for more than four years and served in other executive roles at Host for seven years prior to being named the CFO. Walter’s service at Host overlapped with his four-year tenure at Georgetown, where he created and taught the Real Estate Public Equity course, which is designed to explore multiple aspects of REITs.

    Speaker

    Paige Mueller

    Managing Director, Eigen10 Advisors, LLC

    Paige Mueller is a co-founder of Eigen 10 Advisors, LLC which provides real estate consulting services in the areas of market and investment analyses, capital formation, investor communications, asset and partner due diligence, portfolio strategy, research and data analytics. She has more than 30 years of experience working with both LPs and GPs, including the creation of a pension consulting practice that approved $2.5 billion of equity placements in multiple property and vehicle types from 2012 to 2015. She led investment strategy and research for the Americas at GIC Real Estate, one of the largest global sovereign wealth firms, and was previously at LaSalle Investment Management, providing support for investment, brokerage, REIT, site selection and knowledge management teams. She has published multiple research studies on the US housing and student housing markets. She graduated with an MBA in Finance from Indiana University, taught at the U.C. Berkeley Real Estate Development & Design graduate program, has developed and taught courses at the NCREIF Academy and is recognized as a CRE and Hoyt Fellow.

    Speaker

    Anne McCulloch

    President and CEO, Housing Partnership Equity Trust

    Anne Segrest McCulloch leads Housing Partnership Equity Trust, a social purpose apartment REIT founded and owned by nonprofit affordable housing developers, with investments from leading foundations and institutional and impact investors, to acquire and preserve affordable housing. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of its P&L, including developing and leading HPET’s acquisition and investment strategy, managing its asset portfolio and engaging with investors. Anne previously served as Fannie Mae’s SVP for Credit and Housing Access, leading efforts to expand lending in emerging multicultural markets and improve borrower access to mortgage credit and affordable housing. She also served as divisional general counsel for Fannie Mae’s apartment finance business, with responsibility for a $200B debt and equity portfolio. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and the CEO and as a member of the company’s senior management committee as the company successfully completed the largest-ever public company restatement, while responding to the housing and humanitarian crisis along the Gulf Coast created by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Anne has served in a range of public sector leadership roles, with HUD, the FDIC, and the RTC. Anne is Chair of the board of governors of the National Housing Conference and is a member of the NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts) Advisory Board of Governors, the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council, and the board of directors of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders. She previously served as a member of the advisory boards of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy at New York University, NCB CDC, the Tulane Fund, and VOANS CDE Inc. She has been honored as one of the Washington-area’s leading business- women by Washington Business Journal and as a Woman of Influence by Housing Wire. Admitted to the District of Columbia and Louisiana Bars, she earned her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Tulane University.

    Speaker

    Paula Munger

    AVP, Industry Research & Analysis, National Apartment Association

    Paula Munger is the AVP of Industry Research and Analysis for the National Apartment Association and is responsible for leading research efforts on topics of importance to the industry. She gathers, analyzes and synthesizes data and information to arrive at the most meaningful and relevant insights. Paula’s research aids NAA members in their business initiatives, as well as NAA advocacy and public relations efforts. Her background includes positions at the Federal Reserve System, Cushman & Wakefield, the University of New Orleans Real Estate Research Center and the New York City Office of Management and Budget. Paula is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, The Counselors of Real Estate® and the Urban Land Institute, where she served on the Housing Initiative Council for the Washington, D.C. chapter.

    Speaker

    Kimberly Driggins

    Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy

    Kimberly Driggins is the Executive Director of the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC). Launched in 2018, WHC preserves affordable and workforce housing, prevents displacement, and promotes economic mobility, especially for low- and moderate-income African Americans and other people of color. WHC is committed to creating thriving, inclusive, mixed-income communities throughout the D.C. region. Ms. Driggins has an extensive background in urban planning and real estate development and prior to her appointment at WHC, she served as Director of Strategic Planning/Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department. Ms. Driggins also served as Associate Director of Citywide Planning for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning from 2008-2015. Ms. Driggins is a nationally recognized expert in urban placemaking and has creative placemaking projects in both Detroit and Washington, DC. She currently serves on the boards of Project for Public Spaces, PennPraxis, and was Board Chairperson for Gehl Institute 2017-2019. She has a BA degree from Hampton University, an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Ms. Driggins was awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2015.

    Speaker

    Daryl Carter

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Avanath Capital Management

    Daryl J. Carter is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, LLC, a California-based investment firm that acquires, renovates, and operates apartment properties, with an emphasis on affordable and workforce communities. Mr. Carter directs the overall strategy and operations of the Company. Since its formation in 2008, Avanath has acquired $1.5 billion of properties in 12 states in the U.S., comprising 8,000 apartment units. Avanath is vertically integrated and is an SEC registered investment advisor and an institutional fund manager, with capabilities that include acquisition sourcing and underwriting, construction, asset management, and on-site property management. Mr. Carter has 37 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Previously, he was an Executive Managing Director of Centerline Capital Group. Mr. Carter became part of the Centerline team when his company, Capri Capi¬tal Finance, was acquired by Centerline in 2005. Mr. Carter co-founded and served as Co-Chairman of the Capri Capital family of companies. He was instrumental in building Capri to a diversified real estate investment firm with $8 billion in real estate equity and debt investments under management. Prior to Capri, Mr. Carter was Regional Vice President at Westinghouse Credit Corporation and a Second Vice President at Continental Bank. Mr. Carter holds a Master’s in Archi¬tecture and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Mr. Carter serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2015, Mr. Carter received the MIT Sloan School Distinguished Alumni Award and served as the 2015 commencement speaker for the Sloan School MBA graduation. Mr. Carter is a Past Chairman of the National Multifamily Housing Council. Previously, Mr. Carter served as an independent director on the boards of the following companies: Catellus Development Corporation (CDX), Silver Bay Realty Trust (SBY), and Whitestone REIT (WSR).

    Speaker

    David Brickman

    Former CEO, Freddie Mac

    Up through January of this year, David Brickman was Chief Executive Officer of Freddie Mac, one of the largest providers of mortgage financing in the U.S. Prior to that he was President. He also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. During his tenure he led the 2+ trillion-dollar company through a period of significant growth, change, and disruption as a result of the COVID crisis and associated recession. Brickman spent most of his career at Freddie Mac working in and leading the Multifamily business, where he presided over a remarkable period of growth – raising annual production from $16 billion in 2010 to almost $80 billion in 2018. He also established the company's flagship K-Deal securitization program as one of the leading securitized products in the structured finance markets. Brickman also drove significant innovation and an expansion in Freddie Mac's products and offerings – particularly those serving the growing need for affordable and workforce housing. Brickman completed all doctoral coursework for the Ph.D. program in economics and real estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University and an Adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

    Speaker

    Thomas Kennedy

    Affordable Housing Development Advisor, Pinellas Planning Council

    Tom is a commercial real estate professional and consultant with extensive experience involving multifamily, office and industrial properties. He is currently the Affordable Housing Development Advisor for Pinellas County Government providing consulting and outreach services for the Penny IV Affordable Housing Program. This program, utilizing a Infrastructure Sales Surtax, is incentivizing affordable and workforce housing with its estimated $80 million in funding. In addition to extensive real estate experience Tom has significant professional experience and expertise in growth management and economic development, land development and regulatory affairs, as well as emergency management, working with government at the federal, state, regional and local levels. With a strong lifelong commitment to community involvement, Tom currently serves on 2 non-profit boards addressing education and special needs, the Pinellas County Economic Development Council, the NAIOP Tampa Bay Board and other selected industry, government, and philanthropic oversight committees. Tom is the President of Westport Group and Westport CRE.