Chief Economist Redfin

Nela Richardson

Nela joined Redfin most recently from Bloomberg LP, where she was a Senior Economist with Bloomberg Government. She has also held research economist positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies and Freddie Mac. Nela leads the Redfin research team and is a frequent guest expert on housing and economic issues for local and national media. Nela is a member of the Conference of Business Economists, and serves as board chair for Make Room, a rental advocacy startup, and on the board of the National Association of Business Economics.

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President & CEO Make Room Inc.

Ali Solis

As President and CEO for Make Room, Inc., Ali works to bring about real change in the lives of families experiencing housing insecurity by illuminating the rental housing crisis and by sharing their stories. She develops and advocates policies to advance the development of affordable housing and sustainable communities with the administration, Congress, state and local policy stakeholders and other national industry partners. Prior to Make Room, Ali was the Vice President of Public Policy for Enterprise Community Partners, managing Enterprise’s Washington, D. C. based policy office. In the summer of 2008, she led the Save America’s Neighborhoods Campaign, securing $4 billion in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act to stabilize communities struggling in the foreclosure crisis. Ali also played a key role in creating the National Community Stabilization Trust to facilitate the transfer of foreclosed and vacant residential properties from financial institutions and government entities to qualified local housing development partners. Ali is a member of The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing National Advisory Board and a member of the Advisory Board for the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy at New York University. She has been named to Hispanic Business’ 50 Influentials list. She is an INROADS alumnus and a University of Maryland graduate with a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish.

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President & CEO, The Pacific Companies

Caleb Roope

Caleb Roope is the President and CEO of five interrelated companies in the areas of development, finance, architecture, and construction. He has 20 years of professional real estate experience with a concentration in affordable housing development and over his career has successfully constructed more than 165 multi-million-dollar apartment communities for low- and moderate-income families and senior citizens. Caleb has extensive experience producing assets that combine the resources and priorities of the public and private sectors such as federal low-income housing tax credit projects, inclusionary multifamily housing developments, and charter schools. Highly skilled in accounting, finance, construction oversight, and project management, he is an adept and discerning leader who moves skillfully through financial, political, and other challenges. With a strong team of specialists supporting him, Caleb completes approximately 15 multifamily and special-purpose projects each year, always watching the marketplace for emerging and complementary opportunities to innovate, deploy his firm’s special skill set, and produce lasting community assets.

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SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Community Partners Inc.

Alison Knapp Womack

Allison is a marketing and communications strategist with over 20 years of experience in advancing business outcomes for leading brands around the globe. Previously, as a senior leader at Omnicom’s business communications firm Doremus, Allison oversaw global client engagements across the globe and brought insight into the complex business challenges of companies across a range of sectors. Previously Allison held senior positions at leading advertising and communications firms including Ogilvy, Y&R and Wunderman, working on iconic brands such as American Express, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, and AT&T. She has led successful marketing strategies for issue- awareness campaigns throughout her career and worked extensively with non-profit organizations including Good360, CFA Institute and Underwriters Laboratories.   Allison, a New York native, holds an MBA from New York University and received her B.A. cum laude in Political Science and French from Mount Holyoke College. In addition to her work with Make Room, Allison is a board member of the Business Marketing Association of New York and of Plan International USA, which has worked in more than 50 developing countries for over 70 years to end the cycle of poverty. Allison lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two college-age daughters who have taught her more than any of her degrees.

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CPA, Partner, Chairman of the Board Cohn Reznick

Kenneth Bagget

Ken Baggett serves as Cohn Reznick's Co-CEO. Prior to this, he was Managing Principal and CEO of Reznick Group where he led that firm to rank among the top 20 largest public accounting firms in the U.S. Under his tenure as CEO, Reznick Group was regularly ranked among the top accounting firms in the cities where its offices were located. Ken is consistently listed as one of the "Top 100 Most influential Accountants" by Accounting Today and as one of the "Top 100 Most influential Practitioners" by CPA Magazine. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, he was recognized by inside Public Accounting as one of the five most admired CPAs by his peers in a nationwide survey among 500 accounting firms. Ken was named the outstanding alumnus for the Auburn University School of Accountancy and was also recognized as one of the top 40 alumni in the last 40 years (40 of 40) for the School of Business at Auburn University. Ken's professional experience encompasses a range of real estate/tax issues related to the development and structuring of multi-family and commercial ventures. He also provides structuring advice to developers, builders, Syndicators, investment banks, Corporate investors, and housing finance agencies. Additionally, he advises clients on numerous issues including those in the low-income housing tax credit area. Ken also represents numerous long-term healthcare facilities in the eastern United States as well as a number of clients involved with rehabilitation and revitalization projects in various cities. He has also been extensively involved with student and military housing developments. Ken is currently president and a board member of the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition and is a past president and current board member of the Auburn University School of Accountancy Advisory Council. He serves on the board of Government Transformation initiative (GIT) and is a frequent speaker on Subjects relating to real estate development and investment.

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Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Comcast NBC Universal

Juan Otero

Juan Otero serves as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal. In this role, he is responsible for federal legislative advocacy with Members of Congress and the Administration. He is also responsible for developing strategies for achieving corporate legislative objectives and actively works with third-party policy stakeholders. Prior to joining Comcast, Juan served as a director for the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. and previously served as Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he oversaw the Department’s efforts to develop improved interoperability technologies and communications. Before joining DHS, he worked as Principal Counsel for the National League of Cities. He currently sits on the Boards of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the Studio Theatre Board. Juan was recently given the Corporate Leadership Award for his efforts on the Board of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. As Vice President Juan also regularly interfaces and supports Comcast NBCUniversal with the leading national public policy, inter-governmental associations, and civil rights organizations. He holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a M.P.A. from American University. Juan resides in Arlington, V.A. with his wife and son.

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President and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc

Terri Ludwig

Terri Ludwig is president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national nonprofit that creates affordable homes and strengthens communities across the United States. Enterprise has pioneered innovative neighborhood solutions, transformative policy, and community development financial products for over 30 years, and has invested over $28 billion towards more than 380,000 affordable homes in that time. Terri has over three decades of experience in investment banking and nonprofit leadership. She previously served as president of the Merrill Lynch Community Development Company, president and CEO of ACCION New York, and in several roles in the Structured Investment and Global Foreign Exchange groups at Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. Terri was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Advisory Board for Community Development and Financial Institutions, was named to Forbes Magazine’s first-ever "Impact 30 List," a roster of 30 of the world's leading social entrepreneurs, and was also named 2015 “Responsible CEO of the Year” by Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine. Terri has served on numerous boards and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Terri holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Executive Director, National Rental Home Council

Diane Tomb

Diane Tomb is Executive Director of the National Rental Home Council (NRHC), a non-partisan organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the 16 million home single-family rental industry on legislative, regulatory and capital market matters. As the NRHC’s first Executive Director, Diane works to educate the public, the media and policymakers about the economic value of the industry and the benefits of large-scale, well-managed single-family rental housing platforms. Diane is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur who founded DC-based public affairs and business advisory firm Tomb & Associates LLC in 2003. From 2011–2013, she served as President & CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), where she represented members on public policy issues before Congress and at the White House. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and in the White House in both the Reagan and Bush 41 Administrations. She also served as SVP for communications at the Fannie Mae Foundation. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, serves on the Board of Visitors for the The Fund for American Studies and on the board of MakeRoom.

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Eden Housing

Linda Mandolini

Linda Mandolini has served as President of Eden Housing since 2001. Eden Housing is California's second oldest non-profit housing development companies and has developed or acquired more than 10,500 units throughout California. Linda oversees affordable housing production, resident support services, and property management components of the organization, and a staff of more than 340 employees. She is guided in her work by Eden's active volunteer board of directors. Under her strong leadership, Eden Housing has become one of the most productive and successful nonprofit affordable housing developers in California. To date, Eden has developed or acquired more than 10,500 affordable rental apartments throughout California, providing homes for nearly 100,000 low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Linda has received a number of awards including being inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017 and named to the San Francisco Business Times' Forever Influential Honor Roll in 2016. Linda is a leader in housing policy on the local, state and national level. She serves or has served on the Boards: Make Room, National Housing Conference, California Housing Consortium, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, Enterprise Communities' Community Leadership Council, and International Housing Policy Exchange. In her free time, Linda is an avid bicyclist and frequently rides for charitable causes including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation in support of research for cures to Parkinson's disease.

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