The 2018 FHAct National Conference will be held in downtown Washington DC

Grand Hyatt

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Location

The 2018 FHAct50 National Conference will be held in downtown Washington DC at:
Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street NW
Washington DC 20001

Lodging

A block of rooms at the Grand Hyatt hotel is available from June 8th – June 12th for a special conference rate of $253 per night. This special rate expires on May 11th.

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50th Anniversary Conference

50th Anniversary Conference

REGISTRATION

Online registration is now closed. However, we will be accepting new registrations on site.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Nikole Hannah-Jones – Award-winning investigative journalist for the New York Times Magazine and MacArthur Fellow

Keynote Address

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

Her piece “Worlds Apart” in The New York Times Magazine won the 2017 National Magazine Award for “journalism that illuminates issues of national importance” as well as the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. In 2016, she was awarded a Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With.” She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and was also named to The Root 100. Her reporting has also won Deadline Club Awards, Online Journalism Awards, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, the Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership, and was a previous finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame. For the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, she investigated social changes under Raul Castro and the impact of universal healthcare on Cuba’s educational system. She was also selected by the University of Pennsylvania to report on the impact of the Watts Riots for a study marking the 40th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report, 2007. Along with The New York Times, her reporting has been featured in ProPublica, The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Week Magazine, Grist, Politico Magazine, and on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now, and radio stations across the country.

Keynote Speaker: George Lipsitz, Ph.D, Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara

Keynote Address

George Lipsitz is Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His publications include How Racism Takes Place (2011), The Possessive Investment in Whiteness (2006), and A Life in the Struggle (1995). He won the American Studies Association Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship in 2013 and the Bode-Pearson for Prize for Career Distinction in 2016.

Lipsitz is chair of the board of directors of the African American Policy Forum and chair of the board of directors of the Woodstock Institute. He serves as senior editor of the comparative and relational ethnic studies journal Kafou, as editor of the Insubordinate Spaces book series at Temple University Press, and as co-editor of the American Crossroads series at the University of California Press.

Featured Speakers

Dwayne Proctor

Dwayne Proctor, senior adviser to the President and director, believes that the Foundation’s
vision for building a Culture of Health presents a unique opportunity to achieve health equity
by advancing and promoting innovative systems changes related to the social determinants
of health.

Before coming to the Foundation, Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of
Connecticut School of Medicine where he taught courses on health communication and
marketing to multicultural populations. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Senegal, West
Africa, his research team investigated how HIV/AIDS prevention messages raised
awareness of AIDS as a national health problem. Proctor received his doctoral, master’s
and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and communication science from the University of
Connecticut. He is the former chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Black

Foundation Executives and currently is the chairman of the board of trustees for the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave
Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014
National Poetry Slam champion and a recipient of the 2017 Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the
American Poetry Review. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris
Review, The New Republic, and numerous other publications. He is the author of Counting Descent
(2016), which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the
American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was born and
raised in New Orleans.

 

 

Eric Kaplan

Eric Kaplan focuses on the restoration of the U.S. housing finance ecosystem to sustainable
health, concentrating on policymaker, regulator, and industry coordination in crafting solutions.
Kaplan’s 24+ years of housing finance experience includes a wide range of banking and legal
roles, and he brings a multifaceted perspective to loan-level, transactional, operational,
industry, consumer and policy related issues.

Kaplan previously served as managing partner at Ranieri Strategies LLC, working closely with
Chairman Lewis S. Ranieri on the application of FinTech to improve housing finance and on policy initiatives.
A leading advocate for mortgage-backed securities reform, Kaplan spearheaded and chairs the
Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG) RMBS 3.0 task force, an industry-led initiative established
to reinvigorate the private label residential mortgage-backed securities market so that it can serve as
a safe and sustainable source of capital. He also served as a working group co-chair of the U.S. Treasury-
led Private Label Securitization Initiative. Kaplan serves on the board of directors of SFIG and
the Cameron Kravitt Foundation. He received an AB in Politics from Princeton University and a
JD from Boston University School of Law.

 

 

Marisa Calderon

Marisa Calderon

Marisa Calderon is the executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate
Professionals (NAHREP). She is an 18 year veteran of the financial services and housing industry.
Ms. Calderon takes a direct role in the association’s conference and event planning efforts, including
NAHREP’s Housing Policy and Hispanic Lending Conference in Washington, D.C. and the association’s
marquee event, the NAHREP National Convention.

Ms. Calderon serves on the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Advisory board of Banc of
California, and on theboard of directors of the Hispanic Wealth Project (HWP). She speaks at
conferences and events regarding NAHREP’s advocacy efforts, policy positions and on general Hispanic
housing trends.

Ms. Calderon is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of arts in anthropology.

 

Alanna McCargo

Alanna McCargo is vice president of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute, leading
development and strategy of research programming for the center. Previously, McCargo held leadership
roles with CoreLogic, JP Morgan Chase and Fannie Mae, managing data initiatives, policy research
efforts, and mortgage portfolio activities. She also worked with the Treasury Department on housing
recovery programs from 2008-2011.

McCargo serves on nonprofit boards and committees, focusing on her passion for helping underserved
populations with financial literacy, economic stability, and housing security. She works in volunteer
capacities with Doorways for Women and Families and DC Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

 

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll is CoreLogic’s Executive for Public Policy & Industry Relations. Pete is responsible for
developing and executing industry and public-sector engagement programs, driving strategic initiatives
for CoreLogic leadership, and expanding market opportunities for CoreLogic’s thought leadership,
insights, brand awareness, and solutions expertise within Washington, DC and across the Federal
Housing Agencies and GSEs.

Prior to CoreLogic, Pete was Executive Vice President at Quicken Loans. In this role he provided
expertise on recent and emerging changes in the asset sales environment including housing reform
legislation and regulatory changes in the origination, servicing and secondary markets. Before joining
Quicken Loans, Pete held a similar role as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at Wells Fargo & Co.
Prior to this, Pete served as Assistant Director of the Office of Mortgage Markets at the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). At the CFPB he led a team responsible for monitoring and analyzing
markets for mortgage related products and services as well as assessing the impacts of mortgage
rulemaking on lenders, consumers, and other stakeholders. Pete provided market insight and leadership
throughout the CFPB’s Dodd-Frank Title XIV mandatory rulemakings.

Before joining the CFPB, Pete was a Co-Founder of Overture Technologies, a venture-funded Fintech
company providing credit risk management solutions. He has also worked for the management
consulting firms Price Waterhouse, LLP and KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP.

Pete currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance
Organization (MISMO). Pete has also served on the Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG) for the
Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the Leadership Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center
for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC), the Advisory Board for Mortgage Electronic Registration
Systems, Inc. (MERS), and the Board of Directors for the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG). He
provides leadership on numerous collaborative working groups at the MBA and the Housing Policy
Council (HPC).

Pete earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Connecticut College.

Nikitra Bailey

Nikitra Bailey currently serves as an executive vice president at the Center for Responsible Lending
(CRL). CRL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending
predatory lending. CRL is an affiliate of Self-Help, a community development lender that has provided
over $7 billion in financing to individuals, families, and businesses underserved by traditional financial
institutions since 1980.

At CRL, Ms. Bailey co-manages organizational operations and leads mortgage policy advocacy, including
efforts to ensure that the nation’s housing finance system equitably serves borrowers of color and low
wealth families. She is also the principal strategist for coalition partnerships that span civil rights, faith,
women, labor, and community advocates across the nation.

In these roles, Ms. Bailey offers technical assistance on anti-predatory lending initiatives and
promotes fair lending solutions to public policy officials. She consistently works to forge effective
reforms, including enactment of the historic Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act, which established the first federal agency with a sole mission of consumer protection.
Most recently, she testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on how to ensure
access and affordability in the nation’s mortgage system. Ms. Bailey is the author of numerous articles
and reports on the impact of abusive lending on communities of color and women.

She has appeared in the NY Times, American Banker, National Newspapers Publishers Association,
Nerdwallet, and featured on News One Now with Roland Martin.

She serves on the board of directors of the NC Community Development Initiative and NC Housing
Coalition. She is a member of the Insight Center’s Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative Experts of
Color Network, life member of the NAACP, and a trained communications fellow on housing policy by
The Opportunity Agenda.

Ms. Bailey hold a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a B.A. from the Pennsylvania
State University.

Sam Khater

Sam Khater is Vice President, Chief Economist and head of Freddie Mac’s Economic & Housing
Research department. In this position, Khater is responsible for research, analysis and forecasts
of the macroeconomy with a special focus on housing and mortgage markets.

Mr. Khater came to Freddie Mac from CoreLogic, where he served as vice president of research
and deputy chief economist. His responsibilities included producing original research and
advising clients, regulators, policymakers and investors on real estate and mortgage market
trends. As a compelling spokesperson with a unique ability to translate complicated subjects, he
is regularly quoted in national, local and real estate trade media outlets.

Prior to joining CoreLogic, Mr. Khater was a senior economist at Fannie Mae and an economist
at the National Association of Realtors ®.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability
to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the
nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for
one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily
housing. For more information please visit www.FreddieMac.com and Twitter @FreddieMac.)

Laura W. Murphy

Laura W. Murphy is President of Laura Murphy & Associates. She is an influential national
civil liberties and civil rights leader and a consummate policy strategist. She brings more
than 35 years of experience in government and advocacy, including 17 years as Director of
the ACLU Legislative Office where she advanced legislation on free speech, criminal justice
reform, national security, reproductive rights, LGBT and civil rights, and Internet privacy
before Congress and the White House. She has testified more than a dozen times before
Congress and has been celebrated for building effective bipartisan coalitions.

Murphy serves as senior advisor to Airbnb, helping the home-sharing company update its
policies and leading its efforts against discrimination on its platform. In 2016, Harvard
University selected her as one of its Advanced Leadership Initiative fellows, a year-long
program for highly accomplished and experienced leaders who are interested in tackling
new challenges in the social justice sector. In 2015, Murphy received the Hubert H.
Humphrey Civil Rights Award “for selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality”;
from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Errol Samuelson

Errol is the chief industry development officer for Zillow Group and is responsible for industry relations
strategy and business-to-business product development and tools in the Zillow Group brand portfolio.
He joined Zillow in 2014.

Errol has more than 20 years of experience in technology and the real estate industry. He has been
named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the U.S. for seven consecutive
years and ranked No. 19 on the Swanepoel Power 200 list of most powerful people in U.S. residential
real estate.

Previously, Errol held the roles of chief strategy officer and chief revenue officer at Move, Inc. While at
Move, he was also president of Realtor.com from 2007 to 2014, and president of Move’s business-to-
business, Top Producer Systems from 2003 to 2007. Before joining Move, Samuelson was co-founder of
real estate consultancy Pranix and was director of sales and product management in the real estate,
mortgage banking, and law enforcement verticals at GTE Enterprise Solutions. He also was one of the
original designers of T-III, a ground-breaking system that introduced interactive mapping and Internet
networking to the multiple listing service business.

Errol graduated with honors from Simon Fraser University with a bachelor’s degree in applied science
(electronics engineering).

 

Faith Schwartz

Faith created an advisory services firm in 2016 to support on-going efforts to modernize the housing finance
marketplace, bringing mortgage into the 21 st century. Her work ranges from advisory committees, board
membership, and strategic advisory services. Her clients include publicly traded financial services firms, trade
associations, fintech’s, and non-profits. Currently, Faith is also a Senior Advisor to Accenture Credit Services’
leadership team to shape and position their MCaaS offering in financial services. She draws from her many years
of leadership in the industry, including as the leader of the HOPE NOW Alliance where she testified regularly on
issues impacing the housing crisis to congress and the Federal Reserve Board.

Current board activity includes service as a Director, RiskSpan, Inc., a technology, data and analytics company. She
is a member and advisor of the FormFree board, a fintech company that focuses on asset, income and
employment verifications eliminating paper while adding certainty. Faith was the Founder and Chairman of Hope
LoanPort, 2010, the only 501(c)3 industry technology non-profit and recently stepped down as the Chairman in
2017. Faith is a director for the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), and advisory committee member
celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Faith is also a Trustee to Saint Anselm’s Abbey School,
Washington DC.

Faith started her career at Dominion Bankshares Mortgage Company (DBMC) in Capital Markets, pricing, acquiring
and securitizing mortgages. Faith held senior positions in all aspects of the mortgage industry. Faith was
highlighted by the MBA Magazine as one of the 20 Distinguished Industry Women over the last century and in
2012 as Housing Wire’s Women of Influence. She also received a lifetime achievement award from the Five Star
Institute. She holds a BSBA in accounting from Shippensburg State College and an MBA with a finance
concentration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Julia Gordon

Julia Gordon is the executive vice president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, a non-
profit organization that aims to restore vacant and abandoned properties to productive use and
protect neighborhoods from blight. Gordon manages the organization’s flagship REOMatch/First
Look program, which provides local community development organizations with a “first look”
opportunity to acquire REO properties from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other sellers. As a
national expert on housing finance, mortgage, and foreclosure issues, Gordon also drives
NCST’s policy work, which focuses on federal, state and local policies related to neighborhood
stabilization, blight and foreclosure prevention.

Prior to joining NCST, Gordon served as the Senior Director of Housing and Consumer Finance
at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Other positions include managing the single-family
policy team at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, serving as senior policy counsel at the
Center for Responsible Lending, and working in civil legal aid. Gordon received her bachelor’s
degree in government from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

 

 

Diane Yentel

Diane is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership
organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest
incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Diane is a veteran affordable housing
policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community
development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane
was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where
she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs.

Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division
at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing
the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines.
She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts
Coalition for the Homeless, and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia.

Diane is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico,
Mother Jones, NPR and The Guardian. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing
Conference, the Coalition on Human Needs, and Homes for America, and has a Masters in Social work
from the University of Texas at Austin.

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