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2024 Housing Visionary Awards Gala

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT


On Wednesday, June 5th NHC will host our Annual Housing Visionary Awards Gala at the Anthem in Washington, DC! Join housers from across the country to celebrate the leadership excellence of this year’s honorees.

Event details

Gala program:

  • 5:30 p.m.: Registration Opens and Reception Begins
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner and Networking
  • 7:00 p.m.: Awards Program
  • 7:45 p.m.: Dessert and Networking

Dress: Business or cocktail attire

Hotel Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt House Washington, DC / The Wharf. To secure your room at the discounted rate, please book your stay using the link HERE or call the hotel directly at 202.554.1234 and reference the NHC Gala Room Block. The rate applies for the night of the Gala, Wednesday, June 5th. If you are in need of a room the night before or after the Gala also, please reach out to Alex Noble,, and we will try to accommodate. Rooms must be booked by Monday, May 6th, 2024 to receive the discounted rate.
Onsite Parking: We recommend utilizing the Metro, Uber, or Taxi to get to The Anthem; however, there is a parking garage located underneath the venue that is easily accessible. For directions on how to best access the garage, please visit HERE. If you will be taking the Metro to the event, the closest Metro Station is the Waterfront Metro.

Housing Visionary Award Honorees

Congressional Leaders of Affordable Housing Tax Policy

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – Maria Cantwell currently serves as a United States Senator for the State of Washington. As a respected leader – both in public service and in the private sector – Maria has always embraced the values she first learned growing up in a strong working-class family. With the help of Pell Grants, Maria was the first member of her family to graduate college. Later, a successful businesswoman in Washington’s hi-tech industry, she helped build a company that created hundreds of high-paying jobs from the ground up.

Maria was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, 2006, 2012, and again in 2018, pledging to honor the hard work, aspirations and faith of the people of Washington state. She is working to create affordable opportunities for consumers, businesses and families, to make our nation more secure today, to foster innovation for tomorrow, and to stand with parents as they educate and care for their children. Read more…


Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) –  A third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives. Currently serving as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has worked across party lines to further U.S. national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into American foreign policy.

First elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin also is a senior member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, which is at the forefront of rebuilding our economy. He is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Environment & Public Works Committee. Read more… 


Senator Todd Young (R-IN) – Senator Todd Young represents Hoosiers in the United States Senate. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science & Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. A fifth-generation Hoosier, Todd grew up watching his parents work hard in order to support the family. His first jobs were delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, and providing janitorial services at the family business. Todd is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated with honors in 1995 and accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2000, Todd was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps as a Captain. While serving in the Marines and working as a business consultant, Todd earned an MBA and his law degree. In 2010, he ran for Congress and served three terms representing Indiana’s 9th District. He was elected to the US Senate in 2016. Todd married his wife Jenny in 2005 and worked together at a small law firm in Paoli, Indiana started by Jenny’s great-grandfather. Today, they reside in Johnson County, Indiana with their four young children: a son, Tucker, and three daughters, Annalise, Abigail, and Ava.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn was sworn in to the Senate in January 2019. In 2018, the people of Tennessee elected Marsha Blackburn as the first woman to represent the Volunteer State in the United States Senate. She serves on the Deputy Whip Team and is a member of the Finance Committee; the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee; the Veterans Affairs Committee; and the Judiciary Committee. She serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security and the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.Marsha dedicates her public service to promoting opportunities for women and making America a more prosperous place to live.

A longtime ally of entertainment industry professionals, Marsha began her career in public service in 1995 when she was named executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission. While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Marsha led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. The tax was defeated, and Marsha’s leadership earned her a reputation as an anti-tax champion. Before her election to the Senate, Marsha represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, where she became a leader in the fight for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens. She continued her advocacy on behalf of creators and rights-owners, establishing the bipartisan Songwriters Caucus and fighting for passage of the Music Modernization Act, which revolutionized music licensing processes. In 2016, Marsha won passage of the BOTS Act, which empowered the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on digital scalpers. Read More…

Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he has lived for more than 50 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s and expanded its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises. Read More…


Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which includes parts of King and Snohomish Counties. First sworn into the House of Representatives in November 2012, Suzan brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader. Suzan takes on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the 1st District. She is a leader on issues of technology, health care, trade, taxes, and environmental conservation, and is a champion for working families.

She serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is at the forefront of creating a more equitable tax code, health care reform, trade deals, and lasting retirement security. She serves on the Select Revenue Measures and Trade Subcommittees. Suzan also serves as Co-chair of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, Kidney Caucus, and MedTech Caucus. She is also a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus. Suzan is Chair-emeritus of the forward-thinking New Democrat Coalition after chairing the coalition in the 117th Congress. Read More…

Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL) – Congressman Darin LaHood, born and raised in Peoria, serves the constituents of the 16th District of Illinois. Originally sworn into the US House of Representatives on September 17, 2015, after winning a special election, he won re-election to serve his fourth full term in Congress on November 8, 2022. From 2015 to 2023, LaHood represented the 18th Congressional District, serving much of central and west-central Illinois. Following a redistricting process, LaHood was drawn into the new 16th Congressional District.

The 16th District spans 21 counties across central and northwestern Illinois, ranging from McLean County (Bloomington-Normal) and Peoria County (Peoria) to Winnebago (Rockford) and Jo Daviess (Galena). LaHood serves over 725,000 constituents.

Prior to his election to Congress, LaHood served four years in the Illinois State Senate, beginning in 2011. LaHood spent more than nine years as a State and Federal Prosecutor. From 2001-2006, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada and was selected as the Chief Terrorism Prosecutor. LaHood has also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County and Tazewell County. From 2006 up until his election to the House of Representatives, he practiced with the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs. Read More… 

Former Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY) – The Honorable Brian Higgins served as the Representative from New York’s 26th congressional district from 2005 – 2024. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, he served on the House Committee on Budget, Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Committee on Homeland Security, and Committee on Ways and Means. Before his election to the House, Higgins served in the New York State Assembly from 1999 – 2004. Higgins resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives on February 2, 2024, to become the President and CEO of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York.

Housing Visionary Award Honoree

Tia Boatman Patterson – Tia Boatman Patterson is the President and CEO for the California Community Reinvestment Corporation. With years of executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, she previously served as the Associate Director of Housing, Treasury, & Commerce in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management & Budget. From 2014 to 2021, she served as the Executive Director of the California Housing Finance Agency where she brought about positive organizational change and significantly grew loan production. She simultaneously served as Governor Gavin Newsom’s Senior Advisor for housing from 2019 to 2020. From 2015 to 2021 she was a director on the National Council of State Housing Agencies Board, serving as Board Chair from 2018 to 2020.

Ms. Patterson was general counsel for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 2009 to 2014. She is recognized nationally and in the state of California as a policy expert in affordable housing, community development, small business and economic development having served as a special assistant to four Speakers of the California State Assembly. Patterson received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of California and the District of Columbia.

Carl A.S. Coan, Sr., Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service

Joseph M. VentroneJoseph M. Ventrone’s expertise in housing issues spans over 45 years and includes stints in the private sector, top federal agencies, and on Capitol Hill during both the Democratic and Republican administrations. As the former Vice President of Federal Policy and Industry Relations at the National Association of REALTORS® for the last two decades, Joe believes firmly that home is where the heart is and he has dedicated his career to housing policy and related financial and property issues. No one knows housing policy like Joe, with his vast and diverse experiences working for and with HUD, housing policy on behalf of the White House, the Federal Housing Finance Board, and the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services. He currently serves as consultant to the Chief Advocacy Officer at NAR.

Prior to joining the NAR in 2003, Mr. Ventrone was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Housing Finance Board and served as a key member of the Bush/Cheney Transition Team at HUD. He then served as a Special Advisor to Secretary Mel Martinez, focusing on housing policy and congressional relations. 

In Congress, Mr. Ventrone shepherded some of the most significant federal housing, mortgage finance, and urban affairs legislation to pass Congress including the American Home Ownership and Economic Opportunity Act of 2000 and The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. He joined the United States House of Representatives as a professional staff member in 1983. In 1988, he became minority deputy staff director for housing and two years later, he was named deputy staff director. In 1995, he became deputy staff director for the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services (now the Committee on Financial Services). 

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Mr. Ventrone graduated from Curry College with a B.A. degree in 1971. He earned his master’s degree in Public Administration (Urban Affairs) from American University in 1973.  He has been happily married to Jeanne Broyhill for 33 years and they reside in Arlington, Virginia. 


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Wednesday, June 5, 2024
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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