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Solutions for Housing Communications 2019

April 16, 2019








On April 16, close to 200 housers and communicators who represented organizations from across the nation that do work in housing finance, advocacy and development attended Solutions for Housing Communications at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Representatives from federal and local government, including representatives from Capitol Hill and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also attended. The convening kicked off with a presentation from David Dworkin on our 2018 “Paycheck to Paycheck” report and database. Plenary sessions featured media experts who spoke on what makes a good story and housing policy and communications experts who spoke on how to advocate for bipartisan support.

We truly appreciate the stellar lineup of speakers who took time to share their expertise. We also want to give a special thank you to our 2019 sponsors: Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Ocwen!

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2019 Agenda

Maximizing digital media strategies to drive social change

Mobilizing for change

Responding to a crisis

Moderator: Bridget Lowell, Enterprise Community Partners Moderator: Ali Solis, Make Room Moderator: Janis Smith, Janis Smith Executive Communications

Panelists: Panelists: Panelists:
Alina Harway, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California Taí Coates, National Housing Trust Brenda Foster, Vanguard Communications
Carmen Smith, Living Cities Barbara Semedo, The Center for Law and Social Policy Richard S. Levick, Esq, LEVICK Communications
Michael Steel, Hamilton Strategies Jenny Werwa, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Cherri Sinclair, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders

Building alliances and driving community engagement

Communicating on the black homeownership decline and income disparities

Metrics Matter: Measuring relevance and influence for success

Moderator: Angie Lathrop, Bank of America Moderator: Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance Moderator: Allison Knapp Womack, Enterprise Community Partners
Panelists: Panelists: Panelists:
Felicia Dawson, Preservation of Affordable Housing Cat Goughnour, Prosperity Now Stefan Byrd-Krueger, ParsonsTKO
Thomas Houston, Living Cities Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Cody Damon, Media Cause
Lynette Locke, NHS Baltimore Antoine M. Thompson, National Association of Real Estate Brokers Nick Seip, True Colors United
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Communicating to funders, members and other stakeholders

GoodComm: Messaging for affordable housing

Moderator: Jennifer Reed, Eden Housing Moderator: Stephanie Anderson Garrett, The Community Builders, Inc.
Panelists: Panelists:
Sherrill Frost-Brown, National Fair Housing Alliance Deborah Beck, Beck Research
LaMonte Guillory, LOR Foundation Robert Goldman, Montgomery County Partnership
Connie Wright, Wells Fargo Amy Thompson, HUD

Luncheon plenary: Building meaningful relationships with the media

Closing Plenary: How to advocate for bipartisan support

Moderator: David Jeffers, Council of Federal Home Loan Banks Moderator: Joe Ventrone, National Association of REALTORS
Panelists: Panelists:
Bruce Johnson, WUSA 9 News Deana Bass Williams, Bass Public Affairs
John McManus, Hanley Wood Chase Kroll, Hogan Lovells
Katy O’Donnell, Politico Chris Vincent, Habitat for Humanity International
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Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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Building Alliances and Driving Community Engagement


April 16, 2019
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National Press Club
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045 United States
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