2017 NPH Conference Workshops

This year’s Conference will feature five workshop tracks:

  1. Asset Management, Property Management, & Resident Services
  2. Housing Development
  3. Housing Finance
  4. Policy & Advocacy
  5. Resident Engagement, Organizing, & Equity


Scroll below for workshop descriptions and speakers. The workshop schedule will be posted soon. Stay connected and sign-up for our newsletter for Conference updates and announcements! For questions related to the Conference, contact estephanie@nonprofithousing.org


SESSION 1, 9:15am – 10:45am


Characteristics of Great Asset Managers & Dynamic Organizations

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 1

What makes a GREAT asset manager? Where does the asset manager sit in the organization? Does that make a difference? Learn about different organizational structures and what makes for a successful asset management team.

Convener/Moderator: Katherine Fleming, BRIDGE Housing

Panel: Tatiana Blank, Eden Housing; Kathleen Mertz, Housing Authority of the City of Alameda; Karim Sultan, Episcopal Senior Communities




The Intersection of Fair Housing, Marketing Preferences, and Underserved Populations

Intermediate; Golden Gate 3

Many local jurisdictions are struggling with the need to house their own residents and workforce with their scarce housing funds. County Supervisors are passing legislation that addresses the displacement of long-term residents. At the same time, many communities are also making an effort to address the call to serve populations not traditionally well-represented in affordable housing and developers. In addition, disability rights laws require that no more than 25% of units within a larger community are to be set-aside for disabled populations. The intersection of these public policy goals means housing providers, local funding agencies, fair housing legal experts, and community organizations must work together thoughtfully to create marketing strategies that will reach the targeted populations while being in compliance with fair housing. This workshop will examine three recently completed projects to see how the marketing plan was created to address multiple public policy and community goals. Attendees will have an opportunity during the open discussion to hear about and share solutions, experiences, and questions about working with housing providers and advocates to create marketing goals and strategies to reach out to underserved or disabled household populations while complying with fair housing.  

Convener: Sharon Christen, Mercy Housing

Moderator: Karen Tiedemann, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Panel: Cynthia Alvarez, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation; Maria Benjamin, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Sharon Christen, Mercy Housing; Chris Hess, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, Jacquie Hoffman, Mercy Housing




Building Quality Housing for Less: The Challenges and Possible Solutions

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 3

The workshop will kick off with the facilitator giving a brief overview of the many reasons for the increase in construction costs before focusing on a few of the biggest ticket reasons and possible short term and long term ideas for reducing cost impact. Design and construction professionals will tackle one or two issues followed by an open discussion with audience for questions and thoughts. This is a session aimed at concrete suggestions, out of the box ideas and here-and-now possible solutions to a critical issue in affordable housing development: construction costs.

Convener: Sheela Jivan, Mercy Housing

Moderator: William Ho, Mercy Housing

Panel: Guy Estes, Cahill Contractors; Chris Rivera, Regent Construction Management; Adrianne Steichen, PYATOK architecture + urban design




Nuts & Bolts of Rehabs: A Practical Guide for Success

Beginner; Continental Parlor 9

Older properties present specific challenges when facing decisions on what physical needs can and should be addressed with limited funds. Hear from architects, general contractors, and construction managers on how they use scoping reports, early assessments, mock-ups, testing, and mid-construction findings to correct design flaws and make repairs. Learn why you need to advocate for addressing physical needs early on to avoid costly repairs later. This session will present case studies and general best practices and will discuss innovative construction methodologies that save on hard costs.

Convener & Moderator: Lauren Maddock, Mercy Housing

Panel: Teresa Clarke, Clarke & Soffa; Mike Nibbi, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors; Eric Robinson, Paulett Taggart Architects




Tax Credit Investing in the Era of Trump

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 8

What is in store for the tax credit equity market? Has the market hit bottom? How are investors and developers navigating the uncertain political waters? And will a panel of tax credit investors and syndicators answer these questions candidly? There’s only one way to find out. Come hear a discussion on the current equity market. We can assure you that you will not be bored.

Convener & Moderator: Rich Gross, Enterprise Community Partners

Panel: Ari Beliak, Bank of America; Brenda Champy, Boston Capital; Todd Fabian, National Equity Fund; Sebastian Glowacki, US Bank; Matt Grosz, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC; Kevin Kilbane, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc.; Kevin Knudtson, Community Economics; Richard Mandel, California Housing Partnership; Tim McCann, Wells Fargo; Philip Porter, Enterprise; Karen Smyda, Merritt Community Capital Corporation



The Voters Have Spoken: New Funding for Affordable Housing

Intermediate; Golden Gate 5

Bay Area voters have shown their overwhelming support for addressing the housing affordability crisis. Santa Clara County voters passed Measure A, which authorizes $950 million for affordable housing; Alameda County voters approved Measure A1, a $580 million bond for affordable housing; San Francisco voters passed Measure C, which repurposes $260 million for affordable housing; San Mateo County passed Measure K, which extends a sales tax that will be used for affordable housing. Representatives from each county will discuss their program priorities, the process for getting awards, the characteristics of projects that have already received awards, and future priorities for their programs.

Convener & Moderator: Greg Chin, California Housing Partnership

Panel: Ken Cole, San Mateo County Department of Housing; Linda Gardner, Alameda County Housing and Community Development; Kate Hartley, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Ky Le, Santa Clara County




Federal Housing Policy in the Trump Administration: Is the Best Defense a Good Offense?

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 4

With full Republican control of the federal government and a new Administration and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, panelists will discuss their views on how the new political environment has affected affordable housing. While advocates clearly must defend existing resources, there are still opportunities to go on the offensive. Hear updates on FY 2018 HUD funding, HUD policy initiatives, tax reform, and the status of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) expansion legislation. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your views about NPH’s top advocacy priorities.

Convener: Peter Lawrence, Novogradac & Co.

Moderator: Matt Schwartz, California Housing Partnership

Panel: Linda Couch, LeadingAge; Peter Lawrence, Novogradac & Co.





State Efforts to Help Families Access High-Resource Neighborhoods

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 7

Currently, affordable housing financed through the 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) for low-income families in California is predominantly placed in high poverty, segregated, and least-resourced neighborhoods. The Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) are taking steps to develop and implement policies that would further fair housing and increase access to high-resource neighborhoods for low-income families with children, as well as direct community and economic development resources to lower-resourced neighborhoods. Participants will learn about the fair housing challenges we face in California and join break-out discussions on regulatory changes TCAC is considering or land use and funding policies that HCD could address.

Convener & Moderator: Sarah Brundage, Enterprise Community Partners

Panel: Megan Kirkeby, CA Department of Housing and Community Development; Adhi Nagraj, BRIDGE Housing; Dan Rinzler, California Housing Partnership; Mark Stivers, Tax Credit Allocation Committee; Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, Public Advocates



Community Transformation through a Trauma-Informed Equity Framework and Resident Leadership

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 2

“No decision should happen to me without me.” In collaboration with affordable housing developers, lenders, and residents, the City and County of San Francisco has rapidly re-envisioned and transformed its public housing communities. The RAD and HOPE SF initiatives have discovered a key finding: building high quality affordable housing is necessary, but insufficient in creating thriving communities and families. In response to challenges presented by the historic isolation, displacement, and marginalization of communities of color, innovative initiatives have increasingly focused on trauma-informed systems and resident leadership at the grassroots level to improve trust and social cohesions of communities. An explicit racial equity frame, a youth voice, resident hiring, and intentionally devised “third spaces” where inclusive community leadership can emerge in a new “mixed income” context are core strategies to be discussed.

Convener & Moderator: Lisa Motoyama, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development

Panel: Henry Arroyo, HOPE SF Youth Champion; Thu Banh, Bridge Housing; Ramie Dare, Mercy Housing; Lottie Titus, Bayview Hunters Point Senior Services and San Francisco Housing Authority  



SESSION 2, 1:45pm – 3:15pm


Bringing 21st Century Digital Literacy to Affordable Housing Residents

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 4

For affordable housers to truly open up economic opportunities for our residents, we must address the digital divide – the gulf between higher income people with computer and internet skills and lower income people, who often lack those equipment and skills. Internet account management, communications, and shopping also offer seniors and people with disabilities a greater command of the resources that promote their independence. This workshop panel has designed, implemented, and funded projects to bring high-speed internet service, high-quality training, and free computers to thousands of affordable housing residents. We have used AB 1299 California Advanced Services Funds at times and worked with donors and partnerships in other programs to build skills and increase access for all ages in our communities.

Convener & Moderator: Chris Hess, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Panel: James Cai, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; Bill Goedecke, California Public Utilities Commission; Heather DeSmidt, Community Technology Network; Monica Nanez, First Community Housing



Supportive Housing First: A Collaboration of Critical Services That Work

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 7

Stepping back into life following disability and chronic homelessness requires much more than housing first. Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA) has created a unique approach, which connects challenging and vulnerable clients with staff who will work side-by-side in pragmatic ways to teach and support individuals living with mental illness and/or Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) to rebuild their lives and maintain permanent housing. Come hear about how MHA Case Manager, Nurse, Occupational Therapist and Peer Support team work with landlords, clinicians, families and the community to create a safety net of services.  

Convener & Moderator: Melissa Platte, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County

Panel: Tiffany Bailey, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County; Jereme Burruss, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County; Cynthia Dresner, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County; Lea Endo, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County; Georgia Peterson, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County




Alphabet Soup: Mastering Code and Funding Changes for Affordable Housing

Intermediate; Golden Gate 5

New affordable housing projects draw from multiple funding sources and each funder imposes separate requirements, so the ensuing complexities can be difficult to navigate. With the added desire to make tax credit proposals more competitive after entitlements, it’s no surprise that conflicts arise. This panel will discuss new changes impacting affordable projects, including enhanced Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) accessibility requirements, stricter building codes, more stringent indoor air quality regulations, and tougher energy code requirements. This session will highlight those measures that should be anticipated and coordinated carefully, and will explore how to work smarter and more efficiently to translate assumptions into housing.

Convener & Moderator: Andrew Faulkner, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP

Panel: Nick Dirr, Association for Energy Affordability; Jake Rosen, Resources for Community Development; Laura Shagalov, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP; Eve Stewart, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates




Building Supportive Housing with the No Place Like Home Program

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 3

The No Place Like Home Program is proposed to provide capital and operating support for permanent supportive housing targeted towards persons who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of chronic homelessness and who are in need of mental health services. Come learn more about the program from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and discuss with practitioners how to successfully plan your No Place Like Home supportive housing project.

Convener & Moderator: Diana Downton, Community Economics, Inc.

Panel: Louis Chicoine, Abode Services; Zachary Olmstead, CA Dept of Housing and Community Development; Sharon Rapport, Corporation for Supportive Housing




Resyndicate. Restructure. Rehab. Reboot.

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 3

Many affordable housing developments with legacy California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) financing are in need of recapitalization to address significant physical needs. With the advent of AB 1699, the Loan Portfolio Restructuring Program, and imminent updates to the Uniform Multifamily Regulations, HCD has provided new tools that support resyndication for long-term preservation. In the context of two case studies and interactive Q&A, the panel will cover recent changes to the best practices of resyndication, scattered-site resyndication, treatment of original residual receipts debt, strategies for meeting the 50% bond test, and leveraging basis-eligible developer fee as a project source.

Convener: Kevin Leichner, Eden Housing

Moderator: Laura Kobler, California Housing Partnership

Panel: Emmeline “Mimi” Alvarez, CA Department of Housing & Community Development; Kyle Arndt, Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP; Kevin Leichner, Eden Housing



The Latest Trends in Multifamily Lending: Exploring the Options

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 8

Despite continuing unpredictability in the broader economic and political environment, the affordable multifamily lending arena remains robust. A panel of lenders active in multifamily financing will discuss the environmental changes and the challenges and opportunities they present. Lenders will discuss the range of products and structures that are currently available, including traditional “balance sheet” products, Freddie/Fannie, FHA options, and more. The discussion will include options for addressing the potential of rising interest rates, including fixed rate construction loans and hedges, and permanent loan options. The lenders will discuss financing options for a range of case study deal types, including new construction as well as portfolio refinancing and resyndication.

Convener & Moderator: Richard Mandel, California Housing Partnership

Panel: Jeff Bennett, Well Fargo Bank; Cecile Chalifour, Chase; Emma Chavez, California Community Reinvestment Corporation; Josh Evju, Union Bank; Lisa Gutierrez, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation; Kenji Tamaoki, PGIM Real Estate Finance



The People Behind the Policies: The Art of Persuasion through Storytelling

Beginner, Intermediate; Golden Gate 1

Stories are an integral part of our movement’s ability to drive support for affordable housing. In this workshop, NPH Strategic Communications Council members will work with advocates, resident services staff, and others who engage with lawmakers, community organizations, funders, and/or the general public to develop concrete storytelling skills to persuade progress for affordable housing. We’ll discuss what makes a powerful story, how to inspire residents and impacted community members to tell their stories, and/or how to tell our own — as well as build skills and capacity using readily available tools (like smartphones ands Google docs) to organize, manage, and share these stories.

Convener & Moderator: Alina Harway, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Panel: Lauren Bigelow, Palo Alto Housing; Christina Gotuaco, EAH Housing; Julie Quinn, Housing Trust Silicon Valley; Punam Shallenberger, Mercy Housing





Best Practices for Resident Engagement

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 2

Are there ways to integrate resident input at the early stages of site selection and during the design stage? What lessons can be learned from current residents to improve the development of the next project? Are there ways to the improve the application and resident on-boarding process? Hear from affordable housing residents as they share their experiences and suggestions. Join East Bay Housing Organizations’ resident leaders in a conversation on how development staff and property management can better integrate current resident expertise at all stages of development.

Convener: Najla Gomez, East Bay Housing Organizations

Moderator: Adlemy Garcia, East Bay Housing Organizations

Panel: Ener Chiu, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation; Michael Pyatok, PYATOK architecture + urban design; Jeri Givens, East Bay Housing Organizations Resident Leader; Charlene Jimerson, East Bay Housing Organizations Resident Leader



Gatekeeping: Steps to Protecting Immigrant Residents

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 9

We are at a crucial time in the history of this country – xenophobia has taken a place in the halls of power – and we have a responsibility to protect our residents from federal overreach. This workshop will feature a panel of experts in both the housing and immigration field. We will be discussing the various steps Mission Housing has taken to shield our residents and the surrounding community from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and how other developers can do the same.

Convener & Moderator: Chirag Gunvantbhai Bhakta, Mission Housing

Panel: Marisela Esparza, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network; Sam Moss, Mission Housing; Lisa Weissman-Ward, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School



SESSION 3, 3:30pm – 5:00pm


Integrating Health and Housing Strategies: Lessons From the Field

Intermediate; Golden Gate 4

This session will provide an overview of innovative initiatives that connect health strategies and services to affordable housing. The workshop will draw from effective local health and housing practices, including the healthy communities work of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), Peoples Self-Help Housing, and other examples. We will also explore health sources for financing, including social investments from major health care systems.

Convener & Moderator: Bob Zdenek, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Panel: Kevin Barnett, Public Health Institute; John Fowler, Peoples Self-Help Housing; Anita Kumar, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation




Reframing the Story: Health Promotion through the Built Environment

Beginner, All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 9

Growing evidence demonstrates where we live, work, learn, and play impact health and health inequities. Built environment practitioners, such as housing developers and architects, are well poised to address these social determinants of health and work towards more equitable outcomes in low-income communities and communities of color. But how do we tell the story of health and what decision-making frameworks minimize health risks and maximize health improvement? This workshop focuses on tools and strategies answering these questions, highlighting examples from public housing redevelopments and transit-oriented development policy. Panelists will present use of Health Impact Assessment and Healthy Living Toolkits to promote health and equity in design, community engagement, and decision-making.

Convener & Moderator: Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network

Panel: Lili Farhang, Human Impact Partners; Christian Runge, Mithun I Solomon




Expanding Housing Affordability: Modular, Affordable, Financing and Micro Unit Solutions

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 5

Join our conversation to learn about the latest innovative solutions to expanding housing affordability. Can modular units deliver time and cost savings? How do micro-units and other innovative solutions actually work? What financing issues need to be considered when delivering modular units or when reaching a workforce of 80 -120% AMI? This panel will identify challenges and review solutions.

Convener & Moderator: Fred Pollack, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP

Panel: Rick Holiday, Holliday Development; Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests; Margaret Miller, The John Stewart Company; Regina Celestin Williams, First Community Housing





All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 8

Hear from the Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) Executive Director and the new California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) Executive Director, learn about CDLAC and TCAC regulation change proposals and current issues, and ask those burning questions of both Directors.  This is your chance to hear about and shape tax credit and bond policy for California.

Convener & Moderator: Mark Stivers, Tax Credit Allocation Committee

Panel: Laura Whittall-Scherfee, CA Debt Limit Allocation Committee




State Housing Funding: What Happened in 2017 and a Look Ahead

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 3

2017 was a year of great achievements as well as frustrations for state housing funding and entitlement-related legislation. This workshop will examine what happened and why and look ahead as we formulate ideas for 2018 strategies. Topics will include the new housing bond, perm source, Cap-and-Trade, entitlement streamlining, new preservation/anti-displacement policies, RDA 2.0 tools (AB 1198), TCAC and HCD improvements (AB 1193 and HCD technical amendments).

Convener & Moderator: Matt Schwartz, California Housing Partnership

Panel: Lynn Hutchins, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP; Michael Lane, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California; Anya Lawler, Western Center on Law & Poverty





Expanding Housing Opportunities for People Exiting Jails and Prisons

All Skill Levels; Golden Gate 2

Every year in the U.S. over 600,000 people exit state and federal prisons and more than 11 million return from local jails. This panel will explore ways that affordable housing providers can promote successful reintegration and reduce recidivism by expanding housing opportunities for people who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. Panelists will discuss a range of strategies that help build and support housing for formerly incarcerated people. We welcome participants during the session to share successful approaches to reentry in their local communities.

Convener: Sharon Rapport, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Moderator: Deborah Thrope, National Housing Law Project

Panel: Sharon Rapport, Corporation for Supportive Housing; Tamisha Walker, Safe Return Project




Affordable Housing as Industry & Movement: Reflections on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

All Skill Levels; Continental Parlor 7

The affordable housing industry and movement continue to be challenged to create a pipeline of affordable housing staff, ensuring economic, racial, and expertise diversity in the field, and responding to the future needs of the industry. This panel will reflect on progress made in 2017 to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive affordable housing industry and seek input from attendees on ongoing initiatives.

Convener: Pedro Galvao, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Moderator: Matt Huerta, Matt Huerta Consulting

Panel: Nikki Beasley, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services; Catherine Etzel, The John Stewart Company; Najla Gomez-Rodriguez, East Bay Housing Organizations; Andy Madeira, Eden Housing; Karim Sultan, Episcopal Senior Communities