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For Immediate Release

National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial to keynote National Housing Conference’s Solutions for Housing Communications convening

WASHINTON, DC, March 8, 2022—The National Housing Conference announces a distinguished group of speakers for the Solutions for Housing Communications convening on March 30th, at the National Press Club. Marc Morial, President, and CEO of the National Urban League will deliver keynote remarks. The National Urban League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life. Mr. Morial is the former Mayor of New Orleans and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The event will include leaders in housing, lending, homelessness, community development, as well as federal, state, and local government officials. Sessions will examine successes and lessons learned from the field.

The luncheon session features blogger Matthew Yglesias (Slow Boring) a Vox co-founder whose 2012 book The Rent Is Too Damn High is credited with galvanizing the Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) movement. Moderated by Ali Solis (S3 Advisory Services), the talk will focus on journalists’ role in covering housing policies across many mediums, including books, podcasts, and digital magazines.

Additional panels include:

Combatting NIMBYism with Matthew Lewis (California YIMBY) and Jenny Schuetz (Brookings Institution). Moderated by Laura Grannemann (Rocket Community Fund), the panel explores strategies to reduce hostility to new housing in the neighborhoods that need it most.

Marketing Homeownership in Communities of Color with Marcia Griffin (HomeFreeUSA), Lot Diaz (UnidosUS), and Gisele Roget (Overbrook Square Group). Moderated by Angie Garcia Lathrop (Bank of America), this panel discussion builds on NHC’s work as a member of the Black Homeownership Collaborative to discuss how best to reach mortgage-ready and near-mortgage-ready families of color in order to move them into homeownership.

Making Data Digestible with Anne Kat Alexander (Eviction Lab), and Chris Ptomey (Urban Land Institute). Moderated by Mercedeh Mortazavi (JPMorgan Chase), this panel will be highlighting notable efforts to increase access to important housing data to advocates and community members on the ground.

Best Practices in Emergency Rental Assistance and Homeowner Assistance Fund Implementation with Llewellyn Anderson (Virginia Housing), Meg Burns (Housing Policy Council), and Jennifer Schwartz (National Council of State Housing Agencies). Moderated by Eileen Fitzgerald (Wells Fargo), panelists will discuss lessons learned during the first few months of these crucial pandemic-era programs and ask how housers can set more realistic expectations for similar programs in the future.

Members of the press are eligible to receive a code to attend and can contact Henry Weiss ( to receive the entry code.




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