Open only to NCSHA members and nonmember stakeholders sponsored by HFA and Associate members
Details will be posted as the program develops.

Meetings with Members of Congress

We encourage you to schedule meetings whenever you can get them during the conference. Make your appointments now, as members’ calendars fill up quickly. These meetings are your best opportunity to educate the Administration and Congress about NCSHA’s affordable housing priorities and the impact of federal housing programs in local communities. Strengthen your case by providing your members with compelling state- and district-specific information illustrating the results you have achieved.

Schedule subject to change.

Monday Mar 11

Registration and Information | Legislative Materials Center
NCSHA Board of Directors Meeting

Open to NCSHA member HFA executive directors only; breakfast available at 9:00 a.m.

NCSHA Priorities Briefing

NCSHA’s Policy and Government Affairs team helps you prepare for your Hill visits by providing up-to-the-minute background on the current legislative environment and opportunities for advancing NCSHA’s 2019 priorities.

SPEAKERS
Althea Arnold, Senior Legislative and Policy Associate | NCSHA
Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy | NCSHA
Greg Zagorski, Senior Legislative and Policy Associate | NCSHA

Executive Directors Forum

Open to NCSHA member HFA executive directors only; lunch available at 11:45 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session
Welcome and Call to Order

SPEAKERS
Stockton Williams, Executive Director | National Council of State Housing Agencies
Tia Boatman Patterson, Executive Director, California Housing Finance Agency, and Chair | National Council of State Housing Agencies

A Message from the HUD Secretary

The HUD Secretary shares his thoughts about HUD’s affordable housing initiatives and the challenges and opportunities facing HUD and HFAs.

SPEAKER
The Honorable Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., Secretary | U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Tax Outlook

Key congressional tax staff consider the potential for tax legislation and the opportunities and risks it poses for NCSHA’s tax priorities.

DISCUSSION LEADER
Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy | NCSHA

PARTICIPANTS
Adam Carasso, Senior Tax and Economic Advisor| Senate Finance Committee
Andrew Grossman, Chief Tax Counsel | House Ways and Means Committee
Lara Muldoon, Senior Tax and Economic Advisor | Office of Senator Maria Cantwell
Nicholas Wyatt, Tax, Infrastructure, and Nominations Policy Advisor | Senate Finance Committee

Perspectives from the Industry

Stakeholder group leaders discuss their groups’ major priorities and likely executive and legislative branch action on housing program funding, tax legislation, housing finance reform, Opportunity Zones, and other affordable housing issues.

HFAsOnTheHillDISCUSSION LEADER
Stockton Williams, Executive Director | NCSHA

PARTICIPANTS
Doug Bibby, President | National Multifamily Housing Council
Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer | National Association of Home Builders
Adrianne Todman, Chief Executive Officer | National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Diane Yentel, President and Chief Executive Officer | National Low Income Housing Coalition

Perspectives from Congress

Congressional leaders discuss the prospects for legislative action this year on affordable housing priorities.

SPEAKER
The Honorable Steven Stivers (R-OH), Member | House Financial Services Committee

Leadership Circle Reception

Open by invitation only to NCSHA member HFA executive directors and board members and top Affiliate supporters. To become a Leadership Circle member, contact Phaedra Stoger at membership@ncsha.org.

Networking Reception with Washington Housing Partners

NCSHA invites you to network with our housing partners in Washington and invited special guests during LegCon’s opening reception.

Tuesday Mar 12

Registration and Information | Legislative Materials Center
National Conference of State Housing Boards (NCSHB) Board of Directors Meeting

Open to NCSHA member HFA board members and executive directors only; breakfast available at 7:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Meetings with Members of Congress

We encourage you to schedule meetings whenever you can get them during the conference. Make your appointments now, as members’ calendars fill up quickly.

HFA Advocacy Institute

Open to All Attendees

The inaugural HFA Advocacy Institute exposes you to the latest legislative advocacy tactics and techniques for state HFA staff and their partners. Affordable housing industry leaders and advocacy experts offer replicable examples of successful tactics and new information sources to help you sharpen your skills and refine your approach.
Program is substantially similar content to the morning session.

Welcome, Introductions, and Session Goals

DISCUSSION LEADERS
Garth Rieman, Director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives | NCSHA
Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy | NCSHA

Leadership and Innovation in State HFA Advocacy

HFA leaders share what it takes to generate the data, build the partnerships, and execute the events that motivate elected officials to support the HFA policy agenda at both the state and national levels.

DISCUSSION LEADER
Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy | NCSHA

SPEAKERS
Guy Ford, Director of Legislative Affairs | Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Michael Gunning, Acting Board Chair | California Housing Finance Agency, and Vice President | Personal Insurance Federation of California
Kim Herman, Executive Director | Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Jerilynn Martinez, Director, Marketing and Community Relations | Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

The New Landscape of Federal Advocacy

DC insiders discuss how the federal advocacy arena is rapidly changing, what it means for affordable housing policies and programs, and how HFAs can adjust to be more effective in their outreach to members of Congress and federal agency officials.

HFAsOnTheHillDISCUSSION LEADER
Garth Rieman, Director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives | NCSHA

PARTICIPANTS
Jenn Fogel-Bublick, Partner | Capitol Counsel
Melissa Bonicelli Francis, Principal | Venn Strategies
Dominique McCoy, President | The McCoy Federal Strategies Group, LLC
Cliff Roberti, Co-Founder and Principal | Federal Hall Policy Advisors, LLC

Driving the HFA and Housing Message

Why do some messages and media resonate with policymakers and others do not? What are the most effective ways to drive positive coverage — and respond to negative attention? What are the most compelling affordable housing stories and the best ways to tell them? Get tips and techniques from top communications pros.

SPEAKERS
Jordan Miller, Chief Operating Officer | Group Gordon
Jeremy Robinson-Leon, President | Group Gordon

Perspectives from Congress

Congressional leaders discuss the prospects for legislative action this year on affordable housing priorities.

SPEAKER
The Honorable Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Member | Senate Finance Committee

Lunch on Your Own

Capitol Hill and nearby Eastern Market are home to countless established and new eateries offering a wide range of cuisines at every price point.

NCSHA Leadership Circle Luncheon

Open by invitation only to NCSHA member HFA executive directors and Leadership Circle Affiliate members; seated lunch served 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jim Parrott, Nonresident Fellow | Urban Institute

HFA Advocacy Institute

Open to All Attendees

A significant new addition to LegCon, the inaugural HFA Advocacy Institute will expose you to the latest legislative advocacy tactics and techniques for state HFA staff and their partners. Affordable housing industry leaders will offer replicable examples of successful tactics and new information sources that will help you sharpen your skills and refine your approach.
Program repeated from the morning with substantially similar content.

Welcome, Introductions, and Session Goals

DISCUSSION LEADERS
Garth Rieman, Director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives | NCSHA
Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy | NCSHA
Stockton Williams, Executive Director | NCSHA

Leadership and Innovation in State HFA Advocacy

HFA leaders share what it takes to generate the data, build the partnerships, and execute the events that motivate elected officials to support the HFA policy agenda ― at both the state and national levels.

DISCUSSION LEADER
Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy | NCSHA

PARTICIPANTS
Edwin King, Executive Director/CEO | Kentucky Housing Corporation
Kenny LaPoint, Assistant Director of Public Affairs | Oregon Housing and Community Services
Jeremy J. Heidt, Director of Industry & Governmental Affairs | Tennessee Housing Development Agency

The New Landscape of Federal Advocacy

DC insiders discuss how the federal advocacy arena is rapidly changing, what it means for affordable housing policies and programs, and how HFAs can adjust to be more effective in their outreach to members of Congress and federal agency officials.

DISCUSSION LEADER
Garth Rieman, Director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives | NCSHA

PARTICIPANTS
Tom Carpenter, Senior Partner | Republic Consulting, LLC
Doug Nappi, Co-Founder and Principal | Federal Hall Policy Advisors, LLC
Barbara Pate, Partner | Davis & Harman, LLP

Driving the HFA and Housing Message

Why do some messages and media resonate with policymakers and others do not? What are the most effective ways to drive positive coverage ― and respond to negative attention? What are the most compelling affordable housing stories and the best ways to tell them? Get tips and techniques from top communications pros.

SPEAKERS
Jordan Miller, Vice President, Operations | Group Gordon
Jeremy Robinson-Leon, President | Group Gordon

Hill Swap Happy Hour

After your congressional visits, re-connect with your HFA peers and partners and share your experiences in the hotel’s Article One Lounge.

Wednesday Mar 13

Registration and Information | Legislative Materials Center
Opportunity Zones Focus Group Meeting

Open to NCSHA member HFA executive directors and one designated staff member only; light continental breakfast available at 7:00 a.m.

Closing Plenary Breakfast

Seated breakfast served 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Report on Legislative Conference Advocacy Achievements

SPEAKERS
Garth Rieman, Director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives | NCSHA
Stockton Williams, Executive Director | National Council of State Housing Agencies

Perspectives from Congress

Congressional leaders discuss the prospects for
legislative action this year on affordable housing
priorities.

SPEAKER
The Honorable Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Member | House Ways and Means Committee

Perspectives from Congress

Congressional leaders discuss the prospects for
legislative action this year on affordable housing
priorities.

SPEAKER
The Honorable Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Member | Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee

The Political Outlook

HFAsOnTheHill

Author of the influential Cook Political Report and Washington’s oracle on all things electoral, Charlie Cook details the national political landscape and what lies ahead for both parties.

SPEAKER
Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher | The Cook Political Report

Meetings with Members of Congress

We encourage you to schedule meetings whenever you can get them during the conference. Make your appointments now, as members’ calendars fill up quickly.