Speaker Request Form

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National NAHRO is proud to have staff members speak at events relating to housing and community development. Our staff members disseminate information to their areas of specialty and more; communicating on topics ranging from Washington updates, Congressional Relations and Policy and Program Development. This speaker request form allows you to choose which speaker and or team is best fit for your event.

Below you will find criteria and necessary procedures to effectively request a speaker(s) for your organization.

Meet the Speakers

NAHRO Leaders

Steve Merritt
Steve Merritt, President
John Bohm
John Bohm, Acting CEO

HCD Legislation, Advocacy and Congressional Relations

John Bohm
John Bohm, Director

Expertise: HCD Authorizing Legislation, LIHTC Legislation, Coalition Building, Housing Advocacy
Tess Hembree
Tess Hembree, Legislative Liasion

Expertise: Housing Appropiations, Coalition Building, Housing Advocacy

Policy and Program Development

Georgi Banna
Georgi Banna, Policy and Program Director

Expertise: HUD Regulatory Compliance; PHA Policy Development; PHA Operations
Jenny Hsu
Jenny Hsu, Community Development Policy

Expertise: Community Development; CDBG/HOME; Homeless Programs
Tushar Gurjal
Tushar Gurjal, Section 8 Policy

Expertise: HCV Program; Project-Based Voucher Program; Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Eric Oberdofer
Eric Oberdorfer, Public Housing Policy

Expertise: Public Housing Program, Moving to Work Demonstration; Rental Assistance Demonstration
SPEAKER REQUEST PROCEDURE

Please send invitations for participation by the NAHRO President, Chief Executive Officer or a member of the Policy and Program Development staff or the Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations staff by completing and submitting the standard request form below.

NAHRO President
NAHRO staff do not make arrangements for the President. Please use the form below to submit your request for the President's participation directly.

Acting Chief Executive Officer
The Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Bohm, is usually requested to deliver the keynote address or the Washington Update.

Policy and Program Development Staff
Members of the NAHRO Policy and Program Development staff (Georgi Banna, Tushar Gurjal, Jenny Hsu and Eric Oberdorfer) speak to their areas of specialty, usually at a concurrent or breakout session. They can also provide, as necessary, a general legislative or Washington update in a breakout or plenary session. Click here for a list of staff responsibilities by subject area. Except in extraordinary circumstances, no more than one NAHRO staff person will be scheduled to attend a single conference. As the Director of Policy and Program Development, Georgi Banna reviews and approves requests involving Policy and Program Development staff.

Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations
Members of the Congressional Relations & Public Affairs and Field Operations staff (John Bohm and Tess Hembree) provide Washington Updates, the latest news from Capitol Hill, presentations on Legislative Advocacy and NAHRO's Housing America Campaign. As the Senior Director for Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations, John Bohm reviews and approves requests involving Congressional Relations staff.

EARLY REQUESTS ENCOURAGED
In order to assure fair consideration of their requests, Regions and Chapters/State Associations are strongly encouraged to submit them at least 120 days in advance of the date of the event at which participation by NAHRO staff is requested. Initial decisions regarding staff participation will be made approximately four months before the event dates, although requests received at a later time will be considered as received. Please use the attached form below to request staff participation.

EXPENSES

NAHRO President

The host is expected to pay:

  1.  airfare
  2.  ground transportation
  3.  meals
  4.  hotel accommodations.


The President would appreciate the host providing ground transportation to/from airport/hotel, if a convenient shuttle or cab is not available. Please note availability on the attached form.

Acting Chief Executive Officer
NAHRO will pay airfare. With respect to hotel accommodations, if the Region/Chapter does not earn complimentary rooms and is unable to offer same to the Acting CEO, NAHRO will pay hotel accommodations as well.

NAHRO Policy and Program Development Staff and the Congressional Relations & Public Affairs and Field Operations Staff.
The host is expected to pay:

  1.  airfare
  2.  hotel accommodations or mileage if speaker will drive to event.


NAHRO will provide per diem for meals and incidentals. Staff would appreciate the host providing ground transportation to/from airport/hotel, if a convenient shuttle or cab is unavailable. In order to reduce paperwork, the host organization will be requested to purchase any necessary airline tickets in consultation with participating NAHRO staff.

PARTICIPATION BY WEBCAST
There will be occasions in which it is not possible for NAHRO staff to participate in an event. In addition, a Region or Chapter/State Association may, in the interests of economy, wish to avoid the costs of travel and lodging for speakers. In this regard, please be advised that national NAHRO now has the capability to conduct interactive webcasts to Regional and Chapter/State Association meetings and conferences.

Conceding that a webcast is not equivalent to a personal appearance by staff, it does, nonetheless, provide an alternative – and cost-free method of presenting information in an interactive setting when travel out of the office is not feasible. The use of a webcast also allows for participation by several NAHRO staff members where appropriate to a presentation. When a particular request cannot be accommodated, NAHRO may suggest participation by webcast.