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2020 Housing Summit Schedule and Speakers

2020 Housing Summit Schedule & Speakers

8:30AM registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:15AM -10AM Opening Remarks

The Promise of Affordable Housing
Stephany De Scisciolo, VP, Knowledge, Impact & Strategy, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
So much of our lives is determined by where we live. This session will discuss the profound impact that affordable housing has on families and communities. By reviewing the evidence that currently exists, we will explore how a stable, healthy and affordable home acts as a springboard for future success. Understanding the importance of affordable housing can serve as a call to action for deeper investment, improved services, and equitable outcomes for all.


Stephany De Scisciolo, Ph.D., is the vice president of knowledge, impact and strategy (KIS) at Enterprise Community Partners. She drives the collection and dissemination of data and information within Enterprise and across the affordable housing industry to support innovative solutions that demonstrate achievable impact.
As vice president for KIS, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, data scientists and evaluation specialists, Stephany leads efforts to promote data-driven decision making by creating tools and resources for use in the field, cultivating key partnerships, and implementing a robust research agenda. An expert in evaluation and impact assessment, Stephany’s professional interests focus on addressing societal inequities using affordable housing as a platform for better life outcomes. Stephany began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she played a critical role in the development of the agency’s Indoor Environments program. A published author and sought-after speaker, she has appeared on numerous panels and guest lectured at Queens University of Charlotte and the University of North Carolina—Charlotte. Prior to joining Enterprise, Stephany managed her own consulting practice where she supported public and private sector clients in translating data and other technical information into communication products suitable for diverse audiences. Stephany holds a doctorate in public policy, with a concentration in health policy, from the University of North Carolina–Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in political science Wellesley College.
10:15AM-11AM Break Out 1

Babies, Aging, and Migration in the Shenandoah Valley
Mr. Luke Juday, Director of Planning, City of Waynesboro, Virginia
Explains the demographic undercurrents behind population growth and decline in the region.
Luke Juday is in his fourth year as Director of Planning for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Urban and Environmental Planning program and of Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Much of the material in this presentation originated during his time at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, where he advised localities and planning departments on demographic trends. He is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia and prior to becoming interested in urban planning, spent time as a Fulbright Scholar in Gaborone, Botswana and a middle school teacher in Harrisonburg.
Housing Impact on Health
Sue Armstrong, Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), Strategic Housing Officer for Supportive Housing
Explores the relationship of housing and healthcare on multiple levels including the social determinants of health.  This session will address Public Health concerns in the Commonwealth as related to housing and environments and explore some solutions to the issues.
Suzanne Armstrong (Sue) is currently a Strategic Housing Officer with the Virginia Housing and Development Authority and has been in the position for more than 2 years.  Her current job focuses on development of supportive affordable housing and other authority initiatives.  Prior to that she worked for Hampton Newport News Community Services Board in their Housing and Resource Development department.  Before working in the housing field, she worked for a number of medical practices and taught collegiately for many years.  Ms. Armstrong received her B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, and her M.S. from Central Michigan University in Healthcare Management.  She has received many awards including Housing Warrior Excellence Award.  A native of Texas, she enjoys boating, outdoor activities, and traveling the world. 
Are we talking about housing all wrong? Overcoming NIMBY and the importance of messaging
Jonathan Knopf, Vice President, Housing Virginia
We have the facts. We have the data. So why do we always have trouble building wide support for better housing in our communities? To answer that question, we need to step away from the spreadsheet and focus on how we frame our messages. This session will review the common pitfalls experienced in housing advocacy, explain the concepts behind "reframing" our talking points, and provide a useful roadmap for overcoming NIMBYism. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in discussions and share their experiences.
Jonathan is Vice President and lead researcher at Housing and Development Advisors (HDA), a consulting firm that provides affordable housing policy, development, and planning expertise to localities and nonprofits, including Housing Virginia. In his role, he collects, analyzes, and presents data to tell stories about housing across the commonwealth. At HDA, Jonathan's research has helped create Virginia's largest community land trust and the state's first operating land bank, and supports ongoing efforts to revitalize and preserve mobile home parks. He also regularly produces solutions-oriented data analysis for regional housing studies. He is a Richmond native and earned a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also teaches an undergraduate planning course.
11:15AM- 12PM Break Out 2
Housing & Economic Opportunity
Mel Jones, Associate Director, Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech
This session discuss connections between housing and economic opportunity for individuals, households, businesses, communities and regions. Mel will provide details and examples of housing's role in economic and community development. In addition, Mel will present housing gap analysis data for the Winchester MSA and discuss possible circumstances and impacts of regional housing dynamics.
Mel Jones is a Research Scientist and Associate Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech. Her expertise includes statistical and qualitative economic and policy analysis. She has significant experience and training in program coordination, local and regional economic development, and affordable housing. Mel leads housing affordability research at the Center and conducts housing studies for localities throughout Virginia and beyond. Mel received undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Service from the American University. She received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech.
Housing is Economic Development: A Foundation for Economic Mobility 
Greta Harris, President & CEO, Better Housing Coalition 
Greta Harris became President and CEO of the Better Housing Coalition in August 2013 where she leads a staff of around 70 to pursue the mission and vision of the organization as it improves the lives of low income individuals in the Richmond metropolitan area. Before joining BHC, she was vice president for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit community and economic development corporation. In this role, she provided strategic and managerial support to 10 of LISC’s local offices in southern and mid-western regions. Prior to that role, she was the senior program director for Virginia LISC, based in Richmond, which supported local organizations in developing more than $250 million in real estate in Central Virginia. 
Ms. Harris was appointed to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 2016 and also serves on the boards of ChamberRVA and the Richmond Jazz Society. She currently co-chairs Mayor Levar Stoney’s Housing Taskforce. She has served on the boards of the City of Richmond’s Economic Development Authority, the Federal Reserve Bank’s Board of Governors’ Consumer Advisory Council, the Virginia Housing Coalition, the Richmond Community Development Alliance and Seven Hills Boys Middle School. Greta is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s Class of 1995. 
Among her accolades, Greta was named a 2019 YWCA Outstanding Women Award winner; a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year honoree; the Virginia Tech Black Alumni Association’s 2016 Philanthropist of the Year; and was recognized as a 2014 Outstanding Virginian by Equality Virginia. Greta earned her bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and holds a master of science in architecture and urban design from Columbia University. 
12PM-12:30 Lunch
12:30PM-1:15PM Lunchtime Keynote Speaker
Housing Affordability: Why Housing Matters for Families and Communities
Lisa Sturtevant, PhD, Chief Economist of the Virginia REALTORS®
Lisa Sturtevant, PhD, serves as Chief Economist of the Virginia REALTORS®. She provides economic reports and research to enhance members’ knowledge of the housing market. Her research also contributes to the work of our Government Relations team, aiding job creation efforts and supporting the endeavors of both homebuyers and property renters.
Lisa is founder of LSA, an Alexandria-based research firm specializing in economic and housing market analyses and local housing studies. She has served as Vice President for Research for the National Housing Conference (NHC) and as Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis and Associate Research Professor at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Lisa holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland and a PhD in public policy from George Mason University.
1:30PM-2:30PM Special Guest
Challenges and Opportunities in Affordable Housing
David M. Dworkin, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
Two major housing issues affecting our country’s communities the most include: housing affordability and the homelessness epidemic. As the housing affordability crisis continues to worsen, more middle-income Americans are finding it difficult to rent or own a home of their own, especially where good jobs are most prevalent. For lower income people across the country, the crisis is acute, resulting in record numbers of homeless and growing numbers of working homeless. David Dworkin of the National Housing Conference will discuss the solutions needed to address the most dominating housing policy issues, including rent control, modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act and more that will have the biggest impact on communities for 2020 and beyond.
David M. Dworkin joined the National Housing Conference (NHC) as president and CEO in January 2018. Prior to joining NHC, David worked as a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he advised senior Treasury Department officials on matters related to housing and community development. His expertise includes credit availability; housing finance reform, mortgage servicing, affordable housing, access to credit, residential housing vacancy, abandonment and demolition and community stabilization strategies. He also served as a member of the White House’s Detroit inter-agency team, where his responsibilities included developing and implementing strategies to assist in the City of Detroit’s revitalization. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Hayley Hoffman.


2:30PM-2:45PM Q&A and Closing
2:45PM-3PM Networking