OUR SPEAKERS

The Innovative Housing Showcase will feature panel discussions, on-stage interviews, and demonstrations with exhibitors, lawmakers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the housing industry. Take a look at some of the names of those who will be joining us on stage:

Special Guest

Government Leaders

Industry Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Media and Influencers

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[Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation]

Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation

 

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[Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]

Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

On March 2nd, 2017, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. In 1987, he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins conjoined at the back of the head. He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa.

Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Dr. Carson authored nine books, four of which he co-wrote with his wife Candy. The U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership named him among "America's Best Leaders" in 2008.

Dr. Carson and his wife co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has recognized more than 7,300 scholars, awarded more than $7.3 million in scholarships, and installed more than 150 Ben Carson Reading Rooms around the country.

Born in Detroit to a single mother with a 3rd grade education who worked multiple jobs to support their family, Secretary Carson was raised to love reading and education. He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult sons and three grandchildren.

 

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[Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Agriculture]

Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

Perdue's policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions. First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America's agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor. It should be the aim of the American government to remove every obstacle and give farmers, ranchers, and producers every opportunity to prosper. Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. They will expect, and have every right to demand, that their government conduct the people's business efficiently, effectively, and with the utmost integrity. Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we've established. Food security is a key component of national security, because hunger and peace do not long coexist. And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America's agricultural bounty comes directly from the land. And today, those land resources sustain more than 320 million Americans and countless millions more around the globe. Perdue's father's words still ring true: We're all stewards of the land, owned or rented, and our responsibility is to leave it better than we found it.

Additionally, Perdue recognizes that American agriculture needs a strong advocate to promote its interests to international markets. The United States is blessed to be able to produce more than its citizens can consume, which implies that we should sell the bounty around the world. The relationship between the USDA and its trade representatives, as well as with the U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Commerce, will be vital. The work of promoting American agricultural products to other countries will begin with those relationships and will benefit us domestically, just as it will fulfill the moral imperative of helping to feed the world. Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

Under Secretary Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. He will seek solutions to problems and not lament that the agency might be faced with difficult challenges.

As a youngster growing up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in rural Georgia, Perdue never fully realized that the blessings of purposeful, meaningful work would serve him as well as they have in life. When he was a young boy feeding the calves and plowing the fields, he was an integral part of the workforce on his father's farm. As the son of a mother who was an English teacher for 42 years, he benefitted from her teachings as well - not just by instilling in him the beliefs he still holds dear, but also by lending him an appreciation and respect for language and proper grammar. But more than anything in his life, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue. He has lived and breathed the exhilaration of a great crop and the despair and devastation of a drought. He learned by experience what his father told him as a child, "If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you."

The work ethic cemented in him by his farming roots has remained with Sonny Perdue throughout his life. As a younger man, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia, he put that training to use in private practice in North Carolina. As a member of the Georgia State Senate for eleven years, he eventually ascended to the position of President Pro Tempore as elected by his senate colleagues. As a two-term governor of Georgia, he was credited with transforming a budget deficit into a surplus, dramatically increasing the student performance in public schools, and fostering an economic environment that allowed employers to flourish and manufacturers and agricultural producers to achieve record levels of exports. He followed these accomplishments with a successful career in agribusiness, where he focused on commodities and transportation in enterprises that have spanned the southeastern United States. These experiences have proven invaluable in his current role as principal advocate for American agriculture and all that it serves.

Perdue is a strong believer in good government, in that it should operate efficiently and serve the needs of its customers: the people of the United States. As a state senator, he was recognized as a leading authority on issues including energy and utilities, agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development, and for his ability to grasp the nuances of complex problems. As governor, he reformed state budget priorities, helped Georgians create more than 200,000 new jobs, and promoted his home state around the world to attract new businesses. In 2009, the Reason Foundation's Innovators in Action magazine recognized Perdue as a leader who "aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers." In addition, he was named "Public Official of the Year" in October 2010 by Governing Magazine. To this day, his thoughts are never very far from the wishes of the citizens - the true owners of the government.

Perdue's views on agriculture have always been shaped by his first-hand knowledge of all of its aspects, both as a farmer and as an agribusinessman. He appreciates the daily concerns and needs of American farmers, while also understanding the intricacies of global commodities markets. He is acknowledged as a national leader in agriculture, having served as a board member for the National Grain & Feed Association, and as President of both the Georgia Feed and Grain Association and the Southeastern Feed and Grain Association. Perdue has long-standing, close relationships with the leadership of the American Farm Bureau and has been recognized by the Georgia 4-H and FFA programs, among others, for his leadership in agriculture.

As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is the leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that agriculture is an issue and industry which cuts across political party boundaries. He recognizes that the size, scope, and diversity of America's agricultural sector requires reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn't get in the way of good solutions for American farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

Perdue has been married to Mary Ruff Perdue for 45 years and has four adult children and fourteen grandchildren. He and his wife have served as foster parents for eight children awaiting adoption. Perdue remains a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot and avid outdoor sportsman.

 

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[Mark Calabria, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director]

Mark Calabria, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director

Dr. Calabria, nominated by President Trump in January 2019, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as Director of FHFA in April 2019.

Prior to joining FHFA, Dr. Calabria was Chief Economist for Vice President Mike Pence, handling all economic policy issues with a focus on taxes, trade, manufacturing, financial services, and labor and housing. Immediately prior to his service with Vice President Pence, he spent eight years as 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 previously served as 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. He has held a variety of positions at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of Realtors. He has been a Research Associate at the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies. He holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University.

During his Senate service, Dr. Calabria drafted significant portions of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which created a new regulatory framework for the housing government sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. He was the primary drafter of the Shelby‐Dodd Flood Insurance Reform bill, which formed the basis for the Biggert‐Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

 

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[Pete Gaynor, FEMA Acting Administrator]

Pete Gaynor, FEMA Acting Administrator

Peter Gaynor was confirmed by the Senate on October 11, 2018 as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Since March 8, 2019 he has been serving as the Acting Administrator.

Gaynor was appointed director of Rhode Island's Emergency Management Agency by Governor Gina Raimondo in January 2015 where he advised the governor on emergency management policy and served as the principal liaison between FEMA and local emergency management offices throughout Rhode Island. With extensive experience in coordinating response and recovery efforts for evacuations, he oversaw blizzards, floods, tropical storms, public health emergencies, mass care, special events and school safety. During his tenure, the agency responded to numerous small and large disasters, including one presidentially declared disaster and the management of at least seven pre-existing active federal disasters.

In addition, he served as the policy advisor to the Governor on emergency management matters and served as the liaison between FEMA and all local emergency management offices throughout the State. He was also the Chair of the State Interoperable Communications Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission, and was Vice Chair of the State Emergency Management Advisory Committee. He served as a Commissioner and a member for the Program Review Committee for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) which fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs across the nation.

Deputy Administrator Gaynor has more than ten years of experience in emergency management. He previously served as the Director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) & Office of Homeland Security from March 2008 to December 2014, where he was the only Certified Emergency Manager assigned as a municipal emergency manager within the State of Rhode Island. As Director of PEMA, he was responsible for ensuring the planning and operations of the agency, coordinating community exercise programs, managing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and advising the Mayor of the City of Providence on local government emergency operations. During his tenure, at both the State of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency City of Providence, he oversaw the multiple response and recovery operations as well as managing numerous federally declared disasters.

Under Pete Gaynor's leadership, PEMA became the first municipality in the United States to receive accreditation from EMAP in 2010. During October 2017, the State of Rhode Island became the 36th state to be EMAP accredited, making him the first emergency management Director to be awarded EMAP accreditation at both the local and state levels. During January 2018, he led the effort to be the first state in the nation recognized as having every municipality in the State of Rhode Island designated as StormReady.

He was awarded the International Association of Emergency Managers USA & Global Partners in Preparedness Award for Operation SMART EXIT, a planned full-scale evacuation of several high-rise commercial buildings in Downtown Providence, RI.

Prior to his experience as an emergency manager, Director Gaynor served for 26 years as an enlisted Marine and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his tour in the Marines, he was assigned as the Executive Officer responsible for the security of Presidential Retreat, Camp David; was assigned as the Head of Plans, Policy, & Operations at the Headquarters Marine Corps during the September 11, 2001 attacks; and was deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, where he coordinated combat operations in the Al-Anbar Province of Iraq for Multi-National and Marine forces.

Deputy Administrator Gaynor received a Bachelor's degree in History from Rhode Island College and a Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is also a recent graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Executive Leaders Program.

 

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[Brian Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary and FHA Commissioner]

Brian Montgomery, HUD Acting Deputy Secretary and FHA Commissioner

Brian D. Montgomery serves as the Acting Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, he manages the day-to-day operations of the agency and advises and assists the Secretary in leading the Department's nearly 8,000 employees.

Mr. Montgomery also serves as the Assistant Secretary for Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner for HUD. Nominated by President Trump in September 2017, his confirmation marks the first time an individual has served as head of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) twice, and under three different Administrations.

With over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector, including his first term as Commissioner from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Montgomery brings to HUD a deep knowledge of housing issues and vast experience spearheading large-scale policy initiatives. He is known for his work in reforming the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, developing solutions to assist struggling homeowners during the financial crisis, and his leadership of FHA modernization efforts that led to legislation in 2008.

As Federal Housing Commissioner, Montgomery is responsible for the management of FHA's $1.3 trillion mortgage insurance portfolio, which includes its Single Family, Multifamily, and Health Care programs. As Assistant Secretary for Housing, he also oversees HUD's project-based Section 8 rental assistance housing program, the Office of Housing Counseling, and HUD's Manufactured Housing Program.

In addition to his first term as FHA Commissioner, Montgomery's government experience includes serving as Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, including serving as Secretary of the Cabinet from 2003 to 2005, and as a member of the Federal Housing Finance Board and the board of NeighborWorks America. While serving as Secretary to the Cabinet, Montgomery was appointed as the White House primary point of contact for the shuttle Columbia accident investigation in February 2003. For the effort, Montgomery was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2004.

A Texas native, Montgomery holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Houston. He also attended the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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[Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy]

Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy

The Honorable Mark Wesley Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, serves as the Department's principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies. The Under Secretary is responsible for driving transformative energy policy, and technology solutions through coordinated planning, management and performance of the Department's energy programs.

Prior to being confirmed as Under Secretary of Energy, Mr. Menezes was an executive with Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its Washington, D.C. office. Before joining BHE, Mr. Menezes was a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he headed the Regulated Markets and Energy Infrastructure practice group. Prior to Hunton, he served as Chief Counsel, Energy and Environment, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving as chief negotiator for the House Majority in the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Before his service with House Energy & Commerce, he was Vice President with Central and South West, and upon its merger with American Electric Power, served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Menezes has been named in National Journal's "Hill 100" - top Congressional staff for his work on both energy and environmental matters. He has been frequent guest speaker and lecturer before numerous associations and civic groups, including legal education seminars where he has been called on to address the nation's energy and environmental policies, utility restructuring, telecommunications, ethics, merger and acquisition practices, and regulatory and legislative processes. He has co-authored numerous articles, a practice manual, and been quoted in the New York Times, Law360, Oil and Gas Journal, Politico as well as interviewed by E&ETV. He's been listed Best Lawyers in America 2013-2016, Corporate Counsel's Top Lawyers 2006-2011, Washington Post's Top Lawyers 2008-2016, and DC Super Lawyers 2012-2016.

Mr. Menezes is a graduate of Louisiana State University receiving both his undergraduate and juris doctor degree. Until joining the government he was a charter member of the Advisory Council, Louisiana State University Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus.

 

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[Wm. Lacy Clay, U.S. Representative, Missouri's First District]

Wm. Lacy Clay, U.S. Representative, Missouri's First District

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay is Missouri's senior Democrat in Congress.

Mr. Clay, who is currently serving his 10th term, was first elected to the U. S. House in 2000 after serving 17-years in both chambers of the Missouri State legislature. He succeeded his father, the Honorable Bill Clay.

The Congressman is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance.

In that leadership role, he is fighting to restore consumer protection, fair housing and a real chance for millions of working families to achieve the American dream. Chairman Clay has also made it his special mission to take on the discriminatory and destructive practice of red-lining in minority neighborhoods by banks, insurance companies and appraisers who have been allowed to exclude entire sections of American cities on the basis of race.

Mr. Clay is also a senior member of the Oversight and Reform Committee, which has major oversight and investigative responsibilities for the operations of the federal government. In that role, Congressman Clay will pursue the facts about alleged collusion, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice wherever they lead.

Congressman Clay is also on the front lines of protecting our environment as a proud member of the House Natural Resources Committee where he continues his outspoken advocacy for renewable energy, clean air, safe water and doing something about climate change before it is too late. The Congressman has also led the fight to clean up dangerous radiological and toxic waste at Superfund sites such as the West Lake Landfill, the former Carter Carburetor site and the former St. Louis Army Ammunition plant. Mr. Clay is also a champion for protecting wilderness refuges, fragile coastal areas, and National Parks.

Congressman Clay is also a fearless advocate for the 1st Amendment, press freedom, artistic expression and he has defended free speech in federal court.

Wm. Lacy Clay is a native St. Louisan.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Mr. Clay also holds honorary degrees from Lincoln University, Harris-Stowe State University, the University of the District of Columbia and Logan College.

Congressman Clay is the proud father of Carol and Will.

He and his wife Patricia reside in St. Louis and they attend St. Nicholas' Catholic Church.

 

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[Sean Duffy, U.S. Representative, Wisconsin's Seventh District]

Sean Duffy, U.S. Representative, Wisconsin's Seventh District

Congressman Sean Duffy was born and raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. His great, great grandfather was one of the state's early pioneers and a laborer for the Northwestern Lumber Company. His great grandfather, one of Hayward's founding settlers, was a sawyer for 27 years.

Congressman Duffy has never strayed far from his roots, becoming a nationally recognized professional lumberjack athlete. He is a two-time world champion in the 90-foot speed climb, three-time champion in the 60-foot and an accomplished log-roller. Sean has been a color commentator for ESPN's Great Outdoor Games, as well as a Badger State Games Honorary Athlete and takes pride in bringing national attention to a sport with vital roots in Wisconsin's proud history.

The tenth of eleven siblings, Congressman Duffy worked his way through law school by performing in lumberjack shows and exhibitions across the state of Wisconsin and around the country. After graduating from law school he practiced law in Hayward before becoming the District Attorney of Ashland County. He is most proud of his dedication to prosecuting child sex crimes. Working together with law enforcement, Congressman Duffy helped make Ashland County one of the first counties in the state to investigate and prosecute child Internet sex crimes.

Congressman Duffy serves on the House Financial Services Committee as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. He met his wife Rachel Campos-Duffy, an Arizona native, through the MTV show, "The Real World," Together, they are the proud parents of eight children: Evita, Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma, MariaVictoria, Margarita, and Patrick Miguel.

 

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[Len Wolfson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]

Len Wolfson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Len Wolfson was nominated by President Trump to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2017. A HUD veteran, he brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

Mr. Wolfson mostly recently served as the Associate Vice President for Legislative Affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association. In that capacity, he was responsible for formulating and implementing the mortgage industry's legislative agenda - representing MBA's more than 2,200 members on Capitol Hill on a wide array of issues including housing finance reform, the Dodd-Frank Act, and tax policy.

Before joining MBA, Mr. Wolfson served at HUD during the Bush Administration from 2005 to 2008 as the General Deputy Assistance Secretary for Congressional Relations. While at HUD, he oversaw the Administration's successful efforts to pass the FHA Modernization Act as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

Mr. Wolfson began his political career in 1996 on the staff of Representative Christopher Shays (R-CT), his hometown congressman, whom he served for eight years. He also worked on the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, leading the president's reelection efforts in northwest Pennsylvania.

Mr. Wolfson is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and rabid fan of the UConn Huskies.

 

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[Chris Bourne, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]

Chris Bourne, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Colonel Christopher Bourne, US Marine Corps (Ret.) served as an infantry officer during a 28-year active duty career that included command at every level and numerous overseas deployments. He held multiple operations and strategy staff positions culminating at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon where he was responsible for coalition management. He also managed the national commitment of forces to UN peacekeeping missions and led military planning of a Presidential Initiative to improve third world participation in UN missions. At multiple points in his career, Christopher was involved in the Marine Corps experimentation process evaluating new equipment, training methods and operational techniques. In his final active duty assignment, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Training Officer responsible for implementing the experimentation and fielding process for the 45,000-person Marine Expeditionary Force based in Southern California. He joined HUD as Senior Policy Advisor in June 2017. Christopher holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Boston University, a Master's degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Master's degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC. Christopher is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Innovation.

 

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[Maren Kasper, Ginnie Mae Acting President]

Maren Kasper, Ginnie Mae Acting President

Maren Kasper was named Acting President, EVP and Chief Operations Officer of Ginnie Mae in January 2019. She is responsible for all operations for Ginnie Mae's $2.0 trillion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). In this capacity, Ms. Kasper oversees the fulfillment of Ginnie Mae's core mission - connecting global bond investors with domestic mortgage borrowers while providing oversight of Ginnie's MBS issuers. Ms. Kasper joined Ginnie Mae as Executive Vice President in June 2017 and managed all aspects of business and policy development related to Ginnie Mae's daily operations.

Ms. Kasper previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She advised the Secretary on a broad range of housing and community development strategic priorities – ranging from housing finance and the securitization market, to public housing and budget initiatives. Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Kasper served as a Director at Roofstock, a real estate tech company based in Oakland, California. While at the company, she led efforts focused on business development and fund management. Before joining Roofstock, Ms. Kasper worked for Dwell Finance, a Blackstone-owned real estate lender, and Wells Fargo Securities, Equity Research. Ms. Kasper received a B.S. from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

 

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[Todd Richardson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]

Todd Richardson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Todd Richardson heads HUD's research arm of approximately 145 staff that manage national surveys, conduct and manage research and program evaluations, and develop program parameter data to support HUD's major programs.

He has developed a number of funding allocations formulas for HUD programs, including the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program formula, and formulas to allocate post-disaster supplemental appropriations. He used data from multiple federal sources to create detailed housing unit damages post Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. He is also author of a study on how well the Community Development Block Grant targets funds to its intended beneficiaries and has managed numerous program evaluations, including the long-running Moving To Opportunity evaluation that measure the impact on poor families of moving from high poverty neighborhoods to low poverty neighborhoods. In addition to this work, Mr. Richardson has been a HUD Field Economist in Detroit, Michigan; developed scattered site public housing; and was program administrator for a housing non-profit in Saginaw, Michigan. Todd Richardson has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

 

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[Dr. Keith Harris, Veterans Health Administration]

Dr. Keith Harris, Veterans Health Administration

 

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[Mike Lee, U.S. Senator]

Mike Lee, U.S. Senator

Elected in 2010 as Utah's 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles.

Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early on. His father, Rex Lee, who served as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, would often discuss varied aspects of judicial and constitutional doctrine around the kitchen table, from Due Process to the uses of Executive Plenary Power. He attended most of his father's arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique, hands-on experience and understanding of government up close.

Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and served as BYU's Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU's Law School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Lee spent several years as an attorney with the law firm Sidley & Austin specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Lee served the state of Utah as Governor Jon Huntsman's General Counsel and was later honored to reunite with Justice Alito, now on the Supreme Court, for a one-year clerkship. He returned to private practice in 2007.

Throughout his career, Lee earned a reputation as an outstanding practitioner of the law based on his sound judgment, abilities in the courtroom, and thorough understanding of the Constitution.

Today, Lee fights to preserve America's proud founding document in the United States Senate. He advocates efforts to support constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic prosperity.

Lee is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and serves as Chairman of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee protecting business competition and personal freedom.

He also oversees issues critical to Utah as the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Commerce Committee as well.

In 2019, Lee became the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee where he is overseeing the Social Capital Project. Lee and his wife Sharon live in Alpine, Utah, with their three children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission for the Church in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

 

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[Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council]

Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

The Honorable Scott Turner, a businessman and former NFL player, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 2013-2017. He represented House District 33 which encompasses all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County.

A fourth generation Texan, growing up in Richardson, Rep. Turner attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in speech communications. In 1995, he began his 9-year professional football career as a defensive back when he was drafted by the Washington Redskins. He went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos.

During the latter part of his football career, Rep. Turner spent a great deal of time alongside then-Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr., assisting with military and veteran affairs. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Turner returned to the Dallas area to pursue his business career. He served as the Chief Inspiration Officer at Systemware, Inc. in Addison, TX, and a Senior advisor to the NFL's EVP of Football Operations.

Mr. Turner volunteers and serves on several community boards including the Baylor University Medical Center Board of Trustees, Dallas Baptist University Board of Trustees, and Guide Stone Financial Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Robin of 23 years, are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and occasional guest pastor.

In February of 2016, Mr. Turner received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Dallas Baptist University for his outstanding Christian leadership.

Scott and his wife Robin reside in Frisco, TX.

Their son Solomon, is a freshman student-athlete at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

 

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[Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders]

Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders

Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Home Builders, has over 25 years of association experience and a lifetime in the housing industry. Jerry began his association career at the National Association of Realtors, where he served as a Legislative Analyst for tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB, Jerry served as the Chief Lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies where he was instrumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Jerry came to NAHB as tax counsel in 1988 and served in a variety of roles, including Chief Lobbyist. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2001.

Before embarking on his association career, Jerry practiced real estate law in his home state of South Carolina. His exposure to the housing industry has literally encompassed a lifetime; Jerry grew up working in a variety of roles for his father, a developer.

Jerry earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He, his wife Christina and their children Eirann, Meaghan and Sean live in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.

 

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[John Boerstler, NextOp]

John Boerstler, NextOp

John is Executive Director of NextOp a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Houston, Texas. John was named to his current position in March, 2015.

Previous Experience, John Boerstler was born in Houston, Texas, into a family with a strong history of military service. In 1999, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he earned the rank of Sergeant. During his time serving our country, John's overseas assignments took him to Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Djibouti, and Kenya.

As a non-commissioned officer, John served a combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005 where he was injured. John received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and went on to complete his bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University and a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Houston.

In 2009 John helped found the Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA) in order to help make Houston and Texas the best place for Post 9/11 veterans and their families. LSVA has become the largest network of Post 9/11 veterans in the State of Texas and provides free, innovative services to this generation of service members and families.

In 2011 John was a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship where he was tapped to represent the United States in eight different European countries through a month-long fellowship. Today, John has become a strong advocate for veterans, after working for a United States Congressman, two Mayors of Houston, the Wounded Warrior Project, Veteran Energy and now as the leader for NextOp. John is continuing his career in public service by serving on the Board of Directors for the Lone Star Veterans Association, the Texas Veterans Commission Advisory Committee and Family Services of Greater Houston.

 

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[Daria Daniel, National Association of Counties]

Daria Daniel, National Association of Counties

 

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[Rob Dietz, National Association of Home Builders]

Rob Dietz, National Association of Home Builders

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He has testified before Congress on housing, economic and tax issues. He is a leading expert on home construction analysis and trends and has been cited and appeared on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and other news media. Robert is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003. His team's economic research is published daily on NAHB's Eye on Housing blog.

 

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[Will Doerner, Federal Housing Finance Agency Supervisory Economist]

Will Doerner, Federal Housing Finance Agency Supervisory Economist

Doerner leads a team that focuses on topics like mortgage collateral and market trends. His group is responsible for House Price Index (HPI) production and related research. He has published over a dozen articles in academic journals on a range of topics like finance, housing, property taxation, and policing. Several papers have received "best paper" recognitions from professional organizations and publisher. He has received teaching awards for university courses that he designed and taught on housing markets and land use regulations. His work has been covered by major news outlets, trade associations, and think tanks. Will brings a combination of practical and academic experiences that include being appointed as a Commissioner for the Prince George's County Planning Board, serving on the Hyattsville Planning Committee, and working in property appraisal and valuation for both state and county agencies in Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Florida State University), M.S. in Economics (Florida State University), and a B.S. in Mathematics-Economics and Urban Studies (Furman University).

 

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[Chris P. Gamvroulas, Ivory Development]

Chris P. Gamvroulas, Ivory Development

Chris Gamvroulas is president of Ivory Development, the land acquisition and development affiliate for Ivory Homes. Chris joined Ivory Homes in 1993, and was appointed president of Ivory Development in 1996. Since that time Chris has overseen the land acquisition, planning, entitlement and construction of over 15,000 home sites, and hundreds of acres of retail, industrial and commercial properties totaling nearly $1.5 billion in real estate assets. The Ivory family of companies includes Ivory Homes, Ivory Development, and ICO Commercial Companies. Prior to joining Ivory, Chris worked in state government for eight years in several capacities including three years as Assistant Director of the Division of Business & Economic Development, and five years at the Utah Film Commission. Chris completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Utah. In 2006, Chris was recognized as a "40 under Forty Business Leader" by Utah Business Magazine. In 2007 Chris was featured in Utah Business Magazine's "Utah's Most Admired Companies", and has been a past recipient of the Salt Lake Home Builders Association "President's Award for Outstanding Achievement". Chris serves in leadership positions on the boards of various community and civic groups including the Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard Joint Centers for Housing Studies, National Association of Homebuilders BuildPAC Trustee, as Chair of the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee, Executive Committee of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, President of the Utah Property Rights Coalition, Advisory Board of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake, the Community Leaders Committee of the United Way of Utah, and as Past Chair of the Better Business Bureau of Utah. Chris is the proud father of three teenagers, Andrew, Georgia, and Magdalene.

 

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[Dustin M. Haggett, Modal Living]

Dustin M. Haggett, Modal Living

Dustin M. Haggett is an entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and community builder. Over the past decade, he has focused his work on providing scalable solutions to a wide range of social issues through a mix of private enterprise, policy work, and community building ventures.

Dustin currently serves as Founding Partner at Modal Living Inc. - a public benefit corporation that provides modular housing solutions to the mass market in response to the current national "housing crises" in the United States.

Previously, Dustin served on the real estate development team at Summit Powder Mountain - working to build a next-generation alpine town & innovation zone; founded and served as Board Director & CEO of Impact Hub Salt Lake - a 600-member co-working space in Salt Lake City; and served as Vice President & Board Director of Warrior Rising - a non-profit accelerator for U.S. military veterans.

Dustin studied Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He holds undergraduate degrees in finance and economics and completed executive education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment. Outside of his business endeavors Dustin served in the U.S. Army as a reservist for eight years, and is a combat veteran of the Iraq War.

 

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[Stephen Jordan, Institute for Sustainable Development]

Stephen Jordan, Institute for Sustainable Development

Stephen is the CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Development. Previously, he co-founded the research and management consulting firm, IO Sustainability, and founded and served as executive director of the Business Civic Leadership Center, a not-for-profit 501(c)-3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate responsibility, community economic development and disaster recovery, and public-private partnerships.

 

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[Michael Luzier, Home Innovation Research Lab]

Michael Luzier, Home Innovation Research Lab

An executive with over 20 years of experience in the home building industry who has initiated a significant expansion and integration of Home Innovation Research Labs capabilities and services toward the goal of making the company the premier housing technology research and consulting firm in the world.

 

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[Carlos Martin, Urban Institute]

Carlos Martin, Urban Institute

Carlos Martín is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads research on the physical quality of housing and communities.

Martín, a trained architect and construction engineer, connects the bricks and mortar of housing to its social outcomes. His areas of expertise include green housing, disaster mitigation, substandard housing, and the construction workforce. He has experience with independent research and formal evaluations for public, nonprofit, and philanthropic clients. Publications include Housing Recovery on the Gulf Coast, Phase II; Rebuild by Design Evaluation; and The State of the Residential Construction Industry. Martín is leading research on housing strategies for climate adaptation for the National Academies' Gulf Research Program, strategies for promoting technological innovation in homebuilding for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the rate of housing recovery under HUD's Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery. He also leads the multiyear global evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation–pioneered 100 Resilient Cities.

Before joining Urban, Martín was assistant staff vice president at the National Association of Home Builders for Construction Codes and Standards, SRP professor for energy and the environment at Arizona State University's Del E. Webb School of Construction and School of Architecture, and coordinator for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing.

Martín received his BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MEng and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

 

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[Andrew McCoy, Virginia Tech]

Andrew McCoy, Virginia Tech

Dr. Andrew McCoy is the Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR or The Center) at Virginia Tech. VCHR's mission is to serve as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing. In carrying out its mission, the Center serves as a resource to policy makers, communities, and businesses for research-based information and technical assistance. As a result, VCHR's vision is to produce cutting-edge research while leveraging these outputs and knowledge to create and improve the affordability, sustainability, and quality of housing. Further, the Center is committed to implementing a research agenda that will address and find solutions to the most critical housing needs of the Commonwealth and the nation.

The Virginia Center for Housing Research offers expertise in market analysis and affordable homeownership opportunities, including, for example, Affordable Dwelling Unit Programs as well as in construction and cost estimation. Dr. McCoy and VCHR recently assisted Fairfax County in revising its ADU guidelines and developing guidelines for its WDU program. The Center has established a solid reputation for performing housing market studies to help localities make policy decisions affecting housing. It has performed over a dozen projects contributing to housing policy and strategic planning for localities. In addition, VCHR has earned a national reputation for conducting housing technology research and has completed numerous projects for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Science Foundation. In addition to research focusing on trends in housing affordability, workforce housing, and processing information on new technologies within the homebuilding industry, the Center is expanding its role to include research related to green building including environmental innovations in homebuilding and the impact of environmental regulations on the housing market.

 

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[Dean Mon, National Association of Home Builders]

Dean Mon, National Association of Home Builders

Dean Mon, a New Jersey-based builder and developer with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry, is NAHB's 2019 First Vice Chairman of the Board.

Mon is president of the D.R. Mon Group, Inc., which specializes in the development and construction of green urban living projects throughout New Jersey. Since 1985, the company has created communities throughout Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth counties.

Mon has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director, Mon has chaired NAHB's Federal Government Affairs Committee, Construction Safety and Health Committee, and Single Family Production Builders Committee. He also served three terms as the NAHB National Area 2 Chairman and is a member of the NAHB Transitional Board.

Actively involved in the New Jersey building industry, Mon has served as director, executive board member and president of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA). As the 1996 NJBA president, Mon led the charge to amend the state's Uniform Construction Code Act to require all codes to be necessary, practical and cost-effective.This review resulted in an annual savings of approximately $4,000 per home. He was inducted into the NJBA Hall of Fame in 1996 and named the NJBA Builder of the Year in 1998. In 2000, Mon received the NJBA Affordable Housing Award.

Mon has held every leadership position from committee chair to president at his local association, the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey.

A New Jersey resident since 1964, Mon attended Newark College of Engineering where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Mon served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, achieving the rank of sergeant, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.

First Vice Chairman National Association of Home Builders

NAHB's senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Mon will become Chairman of the NAHB Board of Directors in 2020.

 

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[Mark Richardson, Professional Remodeler]

Mark Richardson, Professional Remodeler

 

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[Jill Schumann, LeadingAge]

Jill Schumann, LeadingAge

Jill Schumann headshotJill Schumann serves as President and CEO of LeadingAge Maryland, one of 39 state affiliates of LeadingAge joining together to expand the world of possibilities for aging. LeadingAge Maryland mobilizes not-for-profit organizations and a host of other partners to shape the future of aging in Maryland.

She was a principal in the consulting services of ParenteBeard, and for more than ten years, Schumann served as President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America (LSA). LSA is one of the largest nonprofit networks in the country, connecting over 300 health and human service organizations. Together they serve one in 50 Americans each year and have aggregated annual incomes of over $21 billion. Prior to her work with LSA, she launched Kairos Health Systems, a post-acute managed care alliance and was a senior executive with Tressler Lutheran Services. She has served in executive roles with health and human service organizations and has created ground-breaking programs in post-acute healthcare and behavioral health.

Schumann currently serves on the boards of directors of the National Human Services Assembly, Bethel New Life and Portico Benefit Services and has served on many other boards, including the board of LeadingAge. She was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions. For the ninth year in a row in 2011, she was named by the NonProfit Times one of the top 50 leaders of power and influence in the United States. She holds an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University and has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Valparaiso University and Concordia University Chicago.

 

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[Dylan Tête, Bastion Community of Resilience]

Dylan Tête, Bastion Community of Resilience

Dylan Tête is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, an innovative housing community for warriors and families with life-altering injuries. Dylan is a West Point graduate and earned an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. He served in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company. Dylan is the recent recipient of the George W. Bush Military Service Citation and featured contributor of the Aspen Institute's "Weave the People" campaign.

 

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[Greg Ugalde, National Association of Home Builders]

Greg Ugalde, National Association of Home Builders

Greg Ugalde, CGP, GMB, a Connecticut-based builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry, is NAHB's 2019 Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co. Inc., one of the state's largest home builders. Since its founding in 1962, T&M Homes has built more than 4,000 homes in over 45 Connecticut communities for trade-up and first-time buyers. Ugalde is also the founder and owner of GFU Investments, LLC, a builder/developer minority-owned business that focuses on urban development and workforce housing.

Ugalde has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for almost 20 years and is currently a member of the association's Transitional Board.

He has also served on numerous NAHB committees, was a member of several association task force groups, and served as the vice chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee. Ugalde also chaired BUILD-PAC and three other committees.

From 2006-2010, he served as the NAHB State Representative from Connecticut. He was the Moderator of the State Representatives in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, Ugalde was elected as the National Area Chairman for his region.

From 2003-2005, Ugalde was the president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Connecticut. He was named the local and state Builder of the Year in 2000, has served on the HBRA board since 1999, and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2000. He is a three-time HBRA Distinguished Service Awards recipient, and was chairman of the Connecticut Developers Council from 1997-2004. Ugalde received the state home building industry's highest honor, the Charles J. LoDolce Award, in 2011.

An advocate and spokesperson on a broad range of housing issues, Ugalde has served on the HOMEConnecticut Steering Committee, the National Land Use Attorneys Network, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing, and the Town of Burlington's IWWC and Parks and Recreation Commission. In 1998, he received the Hartford Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award.

Community involvement is also important to Ugalde. He has served on the AvonCanton-Farmington Youth Hockey Association Board for more than 15 years, including as its president. He is also a certified hockey and little league coach, and has coached more than 20 teams. Additionally, Ugalde served on the Westminster School Board of Trustees, including as its Audit Committee chairman. An accomplished member of the American, Connecticut and Massachusetts bar associations, Ugalde continues to serve on the Planning & Zoning Section Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Ugalde and his wife, Mary-Jane, live in Burlington and have four children.

 

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[Kayla Williams, Center for a New America Security]

Kayla Williams, Center for a New America Security

Kayla M. Williams is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She previously served as Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was the primary adviser to the Secretary on department policies, programs, and legislation affecting women veterans.

Kayla spent eight years at the RAND Corporation researching servicemember and veteran health needs and benefits, international security, and intelligence policy. Ms. Williams was enlisted for five years as an Arabic linguist, serving in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her deployment to Iraq, and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, about her family's journey from war trauma to healing.

Kayla graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University. She is a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and the Army Education Advisory Committee, a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, and a 2015 Lincoln Award recipient.

 

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[Caitlin Walter, National Multifamily Housing Council]

Caitlin Walter, National Multifamily Housing Council

Caitlin Sugrue Walter, Ph.D., is Vice President of Research, with primary responsibility for conducting NMHC's research on apartment industry trends. Prior to working at the Council, Caitlin was an analyst at a real estate advisory firm. Caitlin has a B.A. and B.S. (Planning and Public Policy, Criminal Justice) from Rutgers University. She also holds an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization with a concentration on metropolitan economies and development from Virginia Tech.

 

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[Dr. Theresa Weston, DuPont]

Dr. Theresa Weston, DuPont

As a member of the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, Dr. Weston works with industry to develop building envelope systems and construction methods to produce durable, energy efficient and comfortable buildings. Her focus is building envelope performance research and applications of water and air barriers, flashing products and insulation. In addition to this research, Dr. Weston manages DuPont Building Innovations advocacy related to building codes, energy codes and standards.

Dr. Weston received her B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She has worked for DuPont for more than 25 years.

Today, Dr. Weston leads building science and construction technology research for DuPont Building Innovations. She has developed and introduced many new products and is an inventor of four U.S. patents. Dr. Weston is also active in publishing technical papers and presenting at construction industry and building science conferences. Her areas of expertise include:

Water Management in Building Assemblies
Energy Efficiency, Durability of Buildings and the Built Environment
Sustainable/Green Building
Building and Energy Codes

Dr. Weston participates extensively in industry research programs and in standards and codes development. She is on the Board of Directors of the Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council of the National Institute of Building Science, and has served on the Board of Directors of both the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) and the Cold Climate Housing Research Council (CCHRC). Additionally she is actively involved with many professional organizations, including ASHRAE and ASTM, for both of which she chairs technical and standard development committees.

 

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[Denise Dersin, Builder Magazine]

Denise Dersin, Professional Builder Magazine

 

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[Laura Kusisto, Wall Street Journal]

Laura Kusisto, Wall Street Journal

Laura Kusisto covers housing and the economy around the U.S.

Previously, she wrote about economic development in New York, focusing on big real-estate projects and affordable housing. Before that she worked at the New York Observer and as a freelance reporter in Turkey and Israel.

 

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[Katy O'Donnell, POLITICO]

Katy O'Donnell, POLITICO

 

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[Lorraine Woellert, POLITICO]

Lorraine Woellert, POLITICO

Lorraine Woellert manages and edits POLITICO Florida, a subscription-based news service covering all things Tallahassee.

Before becoming an editor, she covered several beats for POLITICO, including the White House, money in politics, housing and mortgage policy, HUD and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

She joined POLITICO from Bloomberg, where she covered the U.S. economy and the housing collapse. In 2008, she was embedded with the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Woellert was at Businessweek, where she covered money in politics and legal affairs, including the Supreme Court.

At The Washington Times, she reported on the early days of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA.

 

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[Diana Olick, CNBC]

Diana Olick, CNBC

Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the author of the Realty Check section on CNBC.com, which won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Blog" in 2015. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News."

Prior to joining CNBC in 2002, Olick spent seven years as a correspondent for CBS News.

Olick began her career as a local news reporter at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine; WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and KIRO-TV in Seattle. She joined CBS in 1994 as a New York-based correspondent for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and "The Early Show." She also contributed pieces to "48 Hours" and "Sunday Morning." During that time, she covered such stories as the World Trade Center conspiracy trial and the Boston abortion clinic shooting.

In 1995, Olick was assigned to cover the Midwest as a Dallas bureau correspondent. In the three years she was there, she covered all forms of natural disaster, including the crash of TWA Flight 800, the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery and was the exclusive correspondent for the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. During that time, she also took a temporary assignment in CBS' Moscow bureau, where she chronicled the brief presidential campaign of Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1998, Olick was reassigned to the New York bureau and then immediately posted to Bahrain for the buildup to a possible second Gulf War. A year later, she went to Albania to cover the U.S. military buildup during the conflict in Kosovo.

Upon her return, Olick was reassigned to CBS' Washington bureau and the Capitol Hill beat. During Campaign 2000, Olick covered the Senate campaign of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and later joined the Bush campaign as a special correspondent for "The Early Show." That fall, she was named Supreme Court correspondent; her first case was Bush v. Gore.

Olick has a B.A. in comparative literature with a minor in soviet studies from Columbia College in New York and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

 

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[Avik Roy, Forbes]

Avik Roy, Forbes

Avik Roy is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.org), a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it. Roy's work has been praised widely on both the right and the left. National Review has called him one of the nation’s "sharpest policy minds," while the New York Times' Paul Krugman described him as man of "personal and moral courage."

He has advised three presidential candidates on policy, including Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. As the Senior Advisor to Perry’s campaign in 2015, Roy was also the lead author of Gov. Perry’s major policy speeches. The Wall Street Journal called Perry’s address on intergenerational black poverty “the speech of the campaign so far.”

Roy also serves as the Policy Editor at Forbes, where he writes on politics and policy. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, National Review, and National Affairs, among other publications.

He is a frequent guest on television news programs, including appearances on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CBS, PBS, and HBO. From 2011 to 2016, Roy served as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Previously, he served as an analyst and portfolio manager at Bain Capital, J.P. Morgan, and other firms.

He was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas. USA Today named him to its All-USA High School Academic First Team, honoring the top 20 high school seniors in the country. Roy was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied molecular biology, and the Yale University School of Medicine.