Keynote Speakers

Mark Calabria
Director | Federal Housing Finance Agency

Dr. Mark Calabria, nominated by President Trump in January 2019, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as FHFA Director in April 2019. Before joining FHFA, Calabria was chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence, handling all economic policy issues with a focus on taxes, trade, manufacturing, financial services, labor, and housing.

He previously served as the director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute, where he helped to establish Cato’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Dr. Calabria also was a senior aide on the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to both Chairman Phil Gramm and Chairman Richard Shelby. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Pamela Patenaude
Senior Advisor | IEM

Pamela Hughes Patenaude, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is IEM’s Senior Advisor. Patenaude is a housing executive and public policy expert with more than 35 years of experience serving in government and nonprofit management, including at the executive management level.

Most recently, Patenaude served as Deputy Secretary of HUD, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the cabinet-level agency, including oversight of the Department’s $52 billion budget and 7,000 employees nationwide. Patenaude also served as chair of HUD’s Disaster Management Group, overseeing $37 billion in disaster recovery funding. Previously, Patenaude served as HUD Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development and co-founded and served as the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families.

Thomas P. Bossert
Chief Strategy Officer | Trinity Cyber

Tom Bossert, a former U.S. Homeland Security Advisor, is Chief Strategy Officer at Trinity Cyber, a disruptive technology company fundamentally redefining commercial cybersecurity. He is also a national security analyst for ABC News and a respected risk management expert.

Bossert was homeland security advisor to two U.S. presidents, serving as the nation’s chief risk officer and senior-most advisor on cybersecurity, counterterrorism, homeland security, and global health security policy, managing a range of domestic and transnational security issues and consequence management operations. He also founded and led a management consulting business that supported commercial clients to assess and manage their risk structures and compliance requirements.

Commissioner G. Christopher NunnG. Christopher Nunn
Commissioner | Georgia Department of Community Affairs/Georgia Housing and Finance Authority

Christopher Nunn was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in 2017. He leads the State’s community development efforts to support local leaders in their efforts to build strong, vibrant communities. DCA has a broad reach that includes comprehensive planning, safe and affordable housing, downtown development, community infrastructure, and economic development finance.

Prior to DCA, Commissioner Nunn led a regional professional services firm as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for all business aspects of the 150-person firm, including strategic planning and growth. Previously, he spent 15 years as a business consultant with two global firms, Arthur Andersen and Russell Reynolds Associates, focused on strategic planning, operational improvement, leadership development, and executive recruiting.

Joseph CoughlinDr. Joseph Coughlin
Director, AgeLab | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., is the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab, created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to “do things” throughout their lifespans. His team at AgeLab believes innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, or policies are implemented are of critical importance to our quality of life tomorrow.

Dr. Coughlin also teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Advisory Committee on Aging and by Governor Charlie Baker to the Governor’s Council on Aging in Massachusetts where he co-chaired the Innovation & Technology Subcommittee.