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For Immediate Release

National Housing Conference announces new president and CEO


Andrea Nesby

Washington, DC – The National Housing Conference (NHC) announced today that David M. Dworkin officially joined NHC on January 16, 2018 as its next President and CEO.

NHC is dedicated to ensuring safe, decent, and affordable housing for all in America. Founded in 1931, NHC serves a national membership through policy advocacy, communications, and research.

Dworkin joins NHC from the U.S. Treasury Department, where he most recently has served as a Senior Housing Policy Advisor in the Office of Domestic Finance. During his tenure at the Treasury Department, he supported Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s housing team on regulatory reform, affordable housing tax credits and modernization of the Community Reinvestment Act. During the administration of President Barack Obama, Dworkin was a part of the White House’s Detroit Revitalization team, and developed the program to use Hardest Hit Funds to eliminate blight throughout the country. He also started and managed the Capital Magnet Fund, a major new federal program to support affordable housing development.

During twelve years at Fannie Mae, he served in various roles, including leading community lending partnerships, managing the company’s Hurricane Katrina Task Force and opening and leading the company’s Detroit office. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, he was a foreign policy and defense advisor in the House of Representatives, and served in several roles under Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, in the first Bush Administration. Dworkin is a graduate of The University of Michigan and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Hayley Hoffman.

“David brings a unique combination of experience in housing policy, finance and communications,” said Ted Chandler, Chair of the NHC Board of Governors. “His work in Washington, D.C., as well as in communities such as New Orleans and Detroit, mirrors the breadth of the housing industry that NHC’s membership represents.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to advance NHC’s mission, and the cause of housing in America,” said Dworkin. “The American Home has been under unprecedented threat since the housing crisis. Now more than at any time in recent history, America’s renters and homeowners need NHC and its members to fight for quality affordable housing. I look forward to fulfilling the trust which the NHC Board of Governors has placed in me,” he said.

Dworkin succeeds Ethan Handelman, who served as Acting CEO since September. Handelman has been directing NHC’s policy and advocacy agenda since 2011. “I want to thank Ethan for his leadership over the course of this transition and his support and guidance to me personally during the transition process,” says Dworkin.

About NHC: Everyone in America should have equal opportunity to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community. The National Housing Conference educates decision makers and the public about housing policies and practices to move housing forward together. NHC convenes and collaborates with our diverse membership and the broader housing and community development sectors to advance our policy, research and communications initiatives to effect positive change at the federal, state and local levels. Founded in 1931, we are a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.



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