2020 Washington Conference Sessions & Speakers




2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Opening Plenary Session
Welcome to the NAHRO 2020 Washington Conference! 
Featured Speakers: TBA
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Washington Report
NAHRO’s Congressional Relations and Policy teams will provide an overview of all the latest news from Capitol Hill, HUD, and the White House and will articulate NAHRO’s key legislative and policy priorities for 2020.
MONDAY, MARCH 30                               
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  
Monday Morning Plenary Session
Featured Speakers:

Dr. Raphael Bostic
President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. Bostic is the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. He is a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve System.

Charlie Cook
Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal, Washington, DC
As the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics.
Featured Presentations:
  • Housing America Calendar Contest Winner 
    NAHRO will recognize the Housing America “What Home Means to Me” 2020 poster contest grand prize winner.
  • 2020 Mary K. Nenno Award Presentation
    The Mary K. Nenno award was created by NAHRO’s Board of Governors to recognize outside and innovative efforts and achievement in the area of legislative advocacy and to publicize and promote further legislative advocacy among NAHRO members and organizations.
10:45a.m. – 12:15 p.m.           
Morning Concurrent Sessions:
  • HUD Staff Panel on Public HousingJoin key HUD staff for programmatic and regulatory updates related to the current initiatives and priorities for public housing programs. Panelists will discuss issues related to ongoing management and operations, new proposals in the President’s FY 2021 budget, and HUD’s current regulatory initiatives such as Public Housing Repositioning, Capital and Operating Fund; the Public Housing Assessment System and REAC Inspections; FSS; Jobs Plus and ROSS; and any additional regulatory efforts that are underway, including HOTMA and Small Agency provisions that impact Public Housing. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.

  • Housing as a Platform: What Congress and the White House Need to Know  - Session description forthcoming,

  • HUD Staff Panel on RAD - The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) continues to be an important tool for housing authorities to innovate and renovate the local affordable housing stock. The HUD RAD Team from the Office of Recapitalization will provide an update on the current status of RAD. This session will be of particular interest as the following topics will be discussed: program updates including recent RAD Notice updates, updates to the process of pre-conversion including choosing between PBV and PBRA, updates to the conversion process including documents, financing plan and civil right concerns, and post-Conversion issues such as PBV and PBRA compliance. Whether your agency is a RAD veteran or just wondering if RAD will work for you, bring your questions and join the conversation!

  • What to Know Before You Go to Capitol Hill - Heading to Capitol Hill to meet with your lawmakers and need guidance before you go? NAHRO Director of Congressional Relations Tess Hembree will walk you through the steps to having a successful meeting. She’ll go over the basics of how to meet with lawmakers and staff, explain NAHRO’s policy positions and leave-behind materials, and tips for following-up after the meeting. You’ll get the preparation you need to be an expert advocate!

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  
Monday Afternoon Plenary Session
Featured speaker(s): 
Mark A. Calabria
Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Washington, DC
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions:
  • HUD Staff Panel on Section 8 - HUD staff will provide updates on Section 8 programs, especially the Housing Choice Voucher program. Panelists will touch on topics including HAP and administrative fee funding, including set-aside funding; project-based voucher data collection; landlord retention; UPCS-V; PIC-NG; the cash management process; PHAs’ voucher and budget utilization; HUD’s shortfall and utilization prevention efforts; HOTMA Implementation; HUD-VASH; Family Unification Program (FUP) and Mainstream Vouchers; and current and pending rulemaking. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session. Bring your questions!

  • HUD Staff Panel on Moving To Work (MTW) - Do you have questions about HUD’s Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration? Learn about the opportunity to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that efficiently use federal dollars, help residents become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families. Bring your questions and join the discussion of the current MTW program and the upcoming MTW expansion.

  • Community Development with HUD and Treasury Programs -  Session description forthcoming


TUESDAY, MARCH 31 - NAHRO's Capitol Hill Day                               

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         
Affordable Housing Policy Trivia
This fun and interactive session is great for Commissioners and agency staff alike, as the NAHRO Policy Team covers affordable housing and community development topics including Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Moving to Work (MTW), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Tax Credits and more! Join for fun and prizes before you head to Capitol Hill for NAHRO’s Hill Day!
Morning Event - Time TBA
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill 
Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your 2020 Capitol Hill Day experience. Attendees will hear from elected officials from Congress and/or key staff.

Afternoon Event - Time TBA
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill 
During this session, NAHRO's 2020 Legislator of the Year Award will be presented. 
Note: Congressional Member availability is subject to changes in the congressional calendar.