2021 Forum Speakers

Keynotes

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Author and Historian

National Book Award-Winning author on How to be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America!  He is a New York Times bestselling author and founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University inWashington, DC.

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Wednesday, March 25

2:30 - 3:30 Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Antiracist and Stomped from the Beginning

Website: ibramxkendi.com

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Ilhan Omar

Representative (D-MN)

Introduced "Homes for All Act" (H.R. 5244) to dramatically change public housing stock in the U.S. and guarantee housing as human right. This will authorize 12 million new affordable rental homes and will ensure resources it needs to keep homes in good conditions for current and future generations.

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Wednesday, March 25

5:15-6:30 Light Reception

6:30-8:00 Film Showing and Discussion: East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (A Ken Burns Film)

Website: ilhanomar.com

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Sarah Burns + David McMahon

Directors

Executive Produced by Ken Burns, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story is a feature-length documentary directed and produced by Sarah Burns and David McMahon. It will air on PBS March 24, 2020. The Forum will showcase a summary version followed by a discussion with the film's directors, a resident featured in the film and policy experts.

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Wednesday, March 25

6:30-8:00 Film Showing and Discussion: East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (A Ken Burns Film)

Website: Kenburns.com

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Mazie Hirono

Senator (D-HI)

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Wednesday, March 25

1:30-2:00 Keynote Speaker

Website: https://www.hirono.senate.gov

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Lacy Clay

Representative (D-MO)

Is the chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance. In this role, he is fighting to restore consumer protections, fair housing and a real chance for millions of working families to achieve the American Dream.

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Thursday, March 26

1:15-1:45 Keynote Speaker

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Ayanna Pressley

Representative (D-MA)

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Thursday, March 26

8:50-9:20 Keynote Speaker

Session Panelists

Breakout 1

Research Panel: Ending Homelessness | Atrium

Wednesday, March 25

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm 

More than 500,000 people in the U.S. experience homelessness on a given night as a result of an inadequate supply of affordable homes. This panel will discuss what we know about the most effective means of ending and preventing homelessness and what we still need to learn.

Breakout 1 | Research Panel: Ending Homelessness

Panelist

Jill Khadduri

Principal Associate, Abt Associates

Founding Director, Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness

Margot Kushel

Director

UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations & the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

Joy Moses

Director

National Alliance to End Homelessness Research Institute

Bobby Watts (invited)

Executive Director

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Breakout 2 | Resident-Led Movements and Notable 2019 Victories

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Breakout 3 | Creating and Sustaining Multi-Sector Housing Coalitions

Panelist

Maria Moon

Housing Justice Organizer

Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

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Marketta Sims

Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois

Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois

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Shalonda Rivers

President

Cordoba Court Tenants Association of Opa Locka, FL, and NLIHC board member (moderator)

Breakout 4 | Mobilizing Against Attacks on Housing Opportunities

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Dara Baldwin

Director of National Policy

Center for Disability Rights

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Dana White

Program Officer

True Colors United

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Karlo Ng

National Alliance for Safe Housing

Director of Legal Initiatives

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Sonya Acosta

Policy Analyst

NLIHC

Breakout 6  | Redesigning Disaster Recovery

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Adi Martinez

Senior Policy Analyst

Puerto Rico, OXFAM

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Trey Reffet

Housing & Infrastructure Staffer

Office of Senator Brian Schatz

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Chrishelle Palay

Director

Houston HOME Coalition (moderator)

Breakout 8 | Expanding Affordable Housing Opportunities

in Native & Rural Areas Panelist

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"Pinky" Clifford

Executive Director

 Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing 

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Andy Saavedra

Senior Program Officer

Rural LISC

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Matthew Traylor

Legislative Assisstant

Office of  Senator Jeff Merkley

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Office of  Representative Deb Haaland

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Moderator

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Peggy Bailey

Vice President for Housing Policy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Alejandra Cerna Rios

Policy Director

Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy

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Dr. Megan Sandel

Principal Investigator

Children's HealthWatch

  •  Allison Bovell-Ammon - Director of Policy Strategy, Children's HealthWatch

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Gina Wilt

Advocacy Director

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

Breakout 5 | Zoning Reform, Civil Rights, and Housing Justice: Confronting Barriers to Development

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Allan Lazo

Executive Director

Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Michael Stegman

Senior Research Fellow

Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Breakout 7 | How Our Homes Make Us Sick, and What Advocates Can Do to Promote Healthy Homes

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Emily Benfer

Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Columbia Law University

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Dr. Ana Caskin

Pediatrician

Georgetown Medical Center

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Greg Payne

Director

Maine Affordable Housing Coalition

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Ed Gramlich

Senior Advisor

NLIHC

Breakout 9 | Housing & Homelessness Policy to Achieve Racial Equity

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Brittani Manzo

Director of Public Policy

National Innovation Services

Breakout 11 | State/Local Housing Solutions

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Breakout 10 | Advancing Solutions to Homelessness Through Effective Messaging

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Waldon Adams

Outreach Specialist

Pathways to Housing DC

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Celinda Lake

President

Lake Research Partners

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Tom Murphy

Director of Communications

 National Alliance to End Homelessness

 

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Daniella Pierre

Housing Chairwoman

Miami Dade NAACP

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Renee M. Willis

VP for Field and Communications

NLIHC

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Michael Anderson

Director

Housing Trust Fund Project, Center for Community Change

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Priya Jayachandran

President

 National Housing Trust 

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Jennifer Loving

CEO

Destination: HOME

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Teresa Mosqueda

Seattle Councilmember

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Daniel Threet

Research Analyst

NLIHC

Breakout 12 | Big Housing Bills - What's in Them, How to Move them Forward

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Elly Kugler

Senior Counsel

Office of Representative Pramila Jayapal

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Joey Lindstrom

Manager of Field Organizing

NLIHC

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Yasmin Rigney Nelson

Senior Policy Advisor

Office of Senator Kamala Harris

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Kim Johnson

Policy Analyst

NLIHC

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Capitol Hill Insider Panel

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Beth Cooper

Senate Banking Committee

Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

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Rico Doss

House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, & Insurance

Chair Lacy Clay (D-MO)

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Matt Jones

Senate Banking Committee

Chair Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)

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Ed Skala (TBD)

House Financial Services Committee

Ranking Member Rep. McHenry (R-NC)

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Sarah Saadian

Vice President of Public Policy

NLIHC

The 2021 Policy Forum will provide a wide array of opportunities to engage with affordable housing advocates, thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, housing providers, low income residents, and elected leaders on seizing this unique moment in America to advance policy solutions to homelessness and housing poverty.

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