Bonus Sessions

The following sessions will be available on demand only on the event platform.

Administering CARES Act Homeowner Assistance Programs (C19, CO, GO, HO, SE)

Learn how HFAs administering state homeowner assistance programs with CARES Act funds are handling program design and execution, including racial and social equity concerns; dealing with federal, state, and local rules; managing the application process; getting the money out; and partnerships with lenders and servicers.

DISCUSSION LEADER
Vicki Bauer, Homeownership Program Manager | Montana Housing

PARTICIPANTS
Bryan Butcher, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director | Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
George Demas, General Council | Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Bryce Maretzki, Director, Strategic Planning and Policy | Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Tara Pavlik, Managing Director of Homeownership | Illinois Housing Development Authority

Best of HFAs: Financial Management (DA, FI, GO, MI)

Hear about the partnerships the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and California Housing Finance Agency have with major corporations in their states to support financing for affordable housing activities. The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority describes the business data-driven tool it relies on to inform decision-making, and MassHousing presents on the capital adequacy study it undertook to help plan for the use of capital reserves to further the agency’s mission. Featured are these 2020 Awards for Program Excellence entries:

  • Colorado: Executive Dashboard
  • Massachusetts: Capital Adequacy Study – Opportunity Fund Initiative
  • Washington: Microsoft Partnership — Stretching Our Resources

DISCUSSION LEADER
Monte Stanford, Chief Operating Officer | District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

PARTICIPANTS
Thomas Bryan, Chief Financial Officer | Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Robert Cook, Senior Director, Finance | Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Francesc Marti, Director of Legislation | California Housing Finance Agency
Jonathan Sakanai, Manager, Business Intelligence | Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Best of HFAs: Human Resources (HR, MI)

Hear how state HFAs improved and branded their recruitment and onboarding processes, designed new ways to engage staff, and stayed connected and informed during a global health pandemic. Featured in this session are these 2020 Awards for Program Excellence entries:

  • Idaho: Welcome Home – New Employee Experience
  • Kentucky: Wow Wheel Wednesdays
  • Rhode Island: Supporting Our Team While Fulfilling Our Mission

 PARTICIPANTS
Lydia Aguirre, Director of Human Resources | Idaho Housing and Finance Association
Lisa Primiano, Chief Operating Officer | Rhode Island Housing
Molly Tate, Managing Director, Communications and Marketing | Kentucky Housing Corporation

Best of HFAs: Internal Operations (HR, MI, RE)

State HFAs discuss what they are doing to broaden housing policy discussion and collaboration among agency staff, make data more usable and transparent, and provide training and support to agency-financed projects. Featured in the session are these 2020 Awards for Program Excellence entries:

  • Massachusetts: Innovation Team
  • Ohio: Qualified Allocation Plan Interactive Maps
  • Pennsylvania: Training Made Simple How-To Video Series

PARTICIPANTS
Diane Alecusan, Programs and Policy Manager | Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Chelsea Buckwalter, Research Analyst | Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Monique Gibbs, Policy Innovation Associate | MassHousing
Francis Goyes Flor, Policy Innovation Associate | MassHousing
Kurt Livering, Manager of Financial Operations | Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Teamwork in Focus: Harnessing Technology for Website Redesign (CO, IT)

RIHousing’s new website has completely transformed how the agency drives business development, communicates with stakeholders, and achieves a number of strategic objectives. A year after launch, they have the data to prove it. Hear from the interdepartmental team that came together to develop a game-changing platform driven by integrative and accessible technologies.

DISCUSSION LEADER
Mary Kate Harrington, Public Information Manager | Rhode Island Housing

PARTICIPANTS
Kelly Coccio, Digital Marketing Coordinator | Rhode Island Housing
HeeJin Kim, Lead Designer | Rhode Island Housing
CJ Rotella, Director of Information Technology | Rhode Island Housing