2017 Washington Conference Sessions & Speakers






2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Opening Plenary Session, Part 1 -The Washington Report
Join NAHRO’s Congressional Relations and Policy teams as we kick-off the conference with an overview on all the latest news from Capitol Hill, HUD, and the White House.  This session will articulate NAHRO’s key legislative and policy priorities for 2017, including a sensible tax reform proposal which protects and enhances the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC); an infrastructure bill which takes the nation’s need for decent, affordable rental housing into account (including support for our aging federal inventory); and a robust regulatory reform agenda.  


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session, Part 2 - Perspectives on the Federal Budget 2017
Led by Robert Bixby, Executive Director of The Concord Coalition, this session will provide attendees with a detailed look at the issues likely to arise as Congress begins its annual processes of agreeing on a government wide budget resolution and later funding for all cabinet level agencies.  Hear different points of view from national budget experts about the nation’s budget challenges and ways to address those challenges.   This popular session is a must for those interested in big picture issues such as the federal deficit as well as monetary policy, the impact of foreign debt, and how these issues affect fiscal decision-making.   
MONDAY, MARCH 27                               
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  
Morning Plenary Session
Featured Speakers:
HUD Secretary Ben Carson - Confirmed to speak
A 1973 graduate of Yale College, Carson was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University 1984–2013, earning international recognition for conducting the first surgery to successfully separate conjoined twins. He is the author of nine books, including the autobiography “Gifted Hands,” which tells of his journey from childhood poverty to a successful medical career.


Shola Olatoye
Chair & Chief Executive Officer
New York City Housing Authority
New York, NY
There has been much discussion of late that Congress will try to address infrastructure legislation during this session of Congress. This represents another opportunity to tell decision-makers that housing is a critically important component of the nation’s infrastructure. NAHRO’s focus on this issue is predicated upon a belief that our nation’s public housing inventory has been underfunded for many years and as a result the capital needs backlog will has grown steadily and now, in certain cases, threatens the health and safety of residents. NAHRO has been working closely with the New York City Housing Authority and other leaders from New York to raise public awareness of the health threats posed by mold, lead and other conditions created due to capital underfunding and the need to take action now to remedy these concerns where they exist in the extreme. Ms. Olatoye will address these concerns and what we can do together to ensure that action is taken. She will address issues that the New York City Housing Authority is facing and make the case for a united front for action to help ensure the well-being of families, children and seniors nation-wide.

 Stuart Rothenberg, Senior Editor, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and Former Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg Political Report, will address Washington Conference attendees.  One of the go-to political analysts of the last three decades, Stu Rothenberg has embodied the rare ability to report on all the political happenings in the nation with unbiased clarity and non-partisan precision. He provides insightful, often humorous, discussions about election results, the issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill, and the nature of politics itself. His presentations are as up-to-date as your Twitter feed, and he presents his insider views on hotly debated issues and how the future of politics is being shaped by our nation’s current newsmakers.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           
Concurrent Sessions:
  • HUD Staff Panel on Affordable Housing Policy and Programs - Join HUD staff in this panel for a discussion of upcoming policies and programmatic changes that impact the Public Housing and Section 8 programs in 2017. Panel topics include a discussion of the MTW Expansion timeline, an update on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a discussion of implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, an update on the UPCS-V Demonstration, a discussion of the implementation of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016, and other timely topics. Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.  

  • Updates on the LIHTC and Tax Reform - Join us for an informative and insightful discussion focused on the ongoing use of the LIHTC.  Housing credits will be a part of the larger conversation regarding tax reform this year and we need to be informed and responsive to any changes that may come our way as the legislation is debated.  Hear about the landscape for tax reform and it's impact upon the housing credit.  Also, what are the possible opportunities for the housing credit in any future infrastructure legislation?  Get the latest information on legislation to expand and strengthen the credit.  Learn how the credit can be used to support and complement HUD programs like RAD, MTW and PBRA.  Your attendance at this session will provide you with information that can help NAHRO build bipartisan support for the housing credit overall!

  • HUD’s Refederalization of COCC and HCV Financial Update -  In this financial themed session, Jason Casterline of Casterline Associates, will discuss planning ahead for the refederalization of the Central Office Cost Center; strategies to protect PHAs; and the latest information available on this upcoming change. Mr. Casterline will also discuss the latest on the Housing Choice Voucher program HAP proration and how to plan strategies to cope with having a prorated HAP amount. The session will include an audience participation component where audience members will have the opportunity to question Mr. Casterline.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
International Research & Global Exchange Committee Brown Bag Luncheon
Habitat III:  The New Urban Agenda Post-Quito Working Group
A discussion of United Nations’ New Urban Agenda agreed to in Quito, Ecuador, during the Habitat III conference in October 2016. What is the role of NAHRO and its members in participating and planning its implementation? All NAHRO members are welcome to attend. Bring your lunch!
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  
Afternoon Plenary Session and Town Hall with NAHRO Candidates
Featured Program: Housing Industry Challenges in 2017

Two national housing experts on one stage.  This session will enlighten and inform and will provide an insightful look at what we are facing and can expect in 2017. 

Michael Novogradac is the managing partner in the San Francisco office of Novogradac & Company LLP and is a one of the nation’s leading experts on the uses of and issues surrounding the LIHTC.  With tax reform legislation just over the horizon you’ll want to be at this session to get the latest news and information that can better prepare you for the year ahead.  He'll talk about the possible scenarios that may affect current tax credit proposals as well as prospects surrounding future proposals this year.


Dr. Christopher Herbert, Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, will join Mr. Novogradac.  Herbert is one of the nation’s leading experts on housing conditions and housing needs.  He is a primary contributor to Harvard’s Annual State of the Nation’s Housing Study which is considered to be essential reading for housing authorities and all those in our industry who are working to address the nation’s critical affordable housing shortage.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Concurrent Sessions:
  • HUD Staff Panel on 2017  Section 8 and Public Housing Budget Implications - Join key HUD staff panel for an update on Public Housing and Section 8 finances for 2017. Panelists will discuss funding levels and priorities established by Congress and the President related to ongoing management operations, including the Public Housing Operating and Capital Funds, Central Office Cost Centers and Section 8 HAP payments. Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage directly with their HUD partners during an open question and answer session.  

  • HUD Community Planning and Development Staff Panel - Officials from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will provide updates on core CPD programs and current Administration policies.

  • Advocacy Made Easy! - Whether this is your first Washington Conference or it is one of many you have been to over the years, you will want to maximize your impact during our annual Hill Day action by first hearing from the “Advocacy Guru”, Stephanie Vance.  Ms. Vance has educated many a NAHRO member over the years with her insightful commentary on what advocacy is and is not.  She can help point you in the right direction to prepare for Hill Day AND she can provide you with a helpful check list of things you can do when you return home.  Remember, housing advocacy is not a one day experience!  It is something that should be a part of what we do as housing professionals to create or enhance housing policies that are so critically needed in the year ahead.  Ms. Vance makes advocacy easy and fun and can help you understand and appreciate how advocacy done correctly and responsibly can become the basis of sound policy and necessary programs that help us to house those in need.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28                                
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         
Session (at hotel):
New HUD, New Strategies - Join NAHRO policy staff for a recap of where we’ve come and where we’re going with a new HUD. Learn about the potential challenges and opportunities that may arise over the next 4 years, and NAHRO’s strategies to ensure our programs and policies are strengthened and protected moving forward. Bring your thoughts and questions to be part of the discussion.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill
Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your 2017 Capitol Hill Day experience. Attendees will hear from elected officials from Congress and/or key staff.
Note: Congressional Member availability is subject to changes in the congressional calendar.