NALHFA 2022 Fall Educational Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 15
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Open

1:00pm - 5:00pm                                          

Local Housing Finance 101

This preconference workshop is intended for those either new to the industry or for those simply interested in learning more about any of the subject matters below. The topics discussed will help guide the discussions for the rest of the conference as well. All are welcome and hope to see you there! 

Sponsored by eHousingPlus

1:00pm - 1:30pm

History of Housing Finance Agencies

Drawing on a wide variety of sources, this presentation traces the history of state and local housing finance agencies in the U.S. from the limited private-sector financing solutions available prior to the 1930s, to the rise of government support for affordable housing and the advent of HFAs, to the key challenges and opportunities of the past 50 years, to the critical issues HFAs face today.


  • Adam Cray, Vice President, CSG Advisors
1:30pm - 2:15pm

Private Activity Bonds & Municipal Bonds 101

Learn bond basics and necessary steps that go into a public underwriting.  A review of multifamily and single family structures and related HFA considerations, along with marketing efforts and traditional investor types for the Agency’s fixed rate bonds. 


  • Ellen Duffy, EVP Capital Markets & Investments, New York City Housing Development Corporation
  • Mitch Gallo, Director, Municipal Finance, RBC Capital Markets
2:15pm - 2:30pm  Coffee Break
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Strategy and Approach of Local Housing Finance Agencies


  • Dawn Arnold, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Invest Atlanta
  • Damon Burns, Chief Executive Officer, The Finance Authority of New Orleans
  • Christopher Donald, Executive Director & CEO, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency
  • Ellen Duffy, EVP Capital Markets & Investments, New York City Housing Development Corporation
3:30pm - 4:00pm  Coffee Break
4:00pm - 4:30pm  

How to Underwrite Loan Transactions


  • Christopher Donald, Executive Director & CEO, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency
4:30pm - 5:00pm  

Rating Agencies – What are they looking for?

In this session, David will explain the basics of credit ratings: what they mean, how they are used, and how they are determined. David will discuss the factors used in assigning ratings to HFAs and their bond issues, and highlight credit characteristics that support these ratings.


  • David Greenblatt, Director & Lead Analyst, S&P Global Ratings 
Wednesday, November 16
7:00am - 4:00pm

Registration Open

8:00am - 9:00am

Washington Briefing Breakfast

NALHFA’s Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature remarks by senior representatives from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and efforts on supporting affordable housing. Attendees during this session will have the opportunity to learn about Treasury’s Office of Recovery Programs’ role in increasing housing stability and rental assistance. Other areas of focus will be highlighted by the Department’s extended federal relief funding guidance following the release of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Housing Supply Action Plan. 


  • Jacob Leibenluft, Chief Recovery Officer, Office of Recovery Programs, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Verónica R. Soto, Director of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program, Office of Recovery Programs, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Sponsored by SETH

9:00am - 9:15am Coffee Break
9:15am - 10:45am                                             

U.S. Economic Outlook & Housing Forecast Executive Panel  

Join us as we host a panel of leading financial experts that will share their economic outlook and forecast for several topic areas including the overall economy, inflation, taxes, housing market trends, interest rates, housing affordability, and the impact that the supply chain challenges is having on business owners and consumers.

Each financial expert represents a different aspect of the housing industry and will share their respective views and answer all of your questions. This is an incredible session pact with financial and economic insights that will help you navigate your organizations over the next several months.  


  • Charlie Dougherty, Vice President and Economist, Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Bank
  • Hamilton Fout, Vice President of Economic & Strategic Research, Fannie Mae
  • Ermengarde Jabir PhD, Associate Director - Senior Economist, Moody’s Analytics 
  • Danushka Nanayakkara Skillington, Assistant Vice President, Forecasting & Analysis, National Association of Home Builders

Sponsored by:

10:45am - 11:00am                                                    Coffee Break
11:00am - 12:00pm

Conducting Business with Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs)

Representatives from both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will share their insights into the partnership between GSEs and local housing finance agencies. They will discuss how each play a vital role in supporting the mission of providing affordable housing in communities across the country. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore how local HFAs can work with GSEs. The speakers will also share their insights into what trends they are seeing in the marketplace and share best practices.  


  • Mike Dawson, Vice President, Single Family – Client and Community Engagement, Freddie Mac 
  • Nathan Sleeper, Principal, Pricing and Sales Desk, Capital Markets, Fannie Mae
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Affordable Housing Luncheon – A Real Life Story 

Meet Angelo Bynum

SOME (So Others Might Eat) provides D.C. residents with long-term care and housing to break ongoing cycles of poverty and homelessness affecting our city’s residents. They have programs to address residents’ physical, mental and emotional health, as well as tools to set them up for success financially and socially. Angelo Bynum worked with SOME to overcome homelessness and set his life back on the right track.

“Words cannot express how thankful I am for SOME and all the amazing programs they have. To have the foundation to start over is truly the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Living on the streets of D.C. can be very dangerous and mentality depressing, which led me to a life of alcoholism and despair. Being kicked out of everywhere I tried to stay because of my addiction led me to be homelessness, and this program was just the perfect blessing I needed to start my positive journey of success. Now I am in school, I am a more involved father in my children’s lives, and I'm more optimistic about the future.”

Sponsored by DCHFA

1:00pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 4:30pm

Training Workshop: How to become a financially sustainable Local Housing Finance Agency?

Financial resilience leads to better outcomes for the people you serve in your local communities and jurisdictions. If your organization ceases to exist, who will do the work? What should your organization do to shift the discussion and focus towards sustainability?

This session will review current and future capital needs and help you identify creative solutions to ensure that your organization is financially sustainable for the long-term.

Analyze and work to balance your profitability. Evaluate and understand your current process and explore alternative/additional methods to compliment your business model.


  • Bill Brewer, Executive Director, Nevada Rural Housing Authority
  • Ryan Bowen, Partner, Chapman & Cutler
  • Jim Shaw, Executive Director, Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation
Thursday, November 17
7:00am - 12:00pm

Registration Open

8:00am - 9:00am

Washington Federal Agency Briefing Breakfast

NALHFA’s Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature remarks from senior representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Attendees are encouraged to come join the discussion about the latest updates and insights on the crucial affordable housing programs local housing finance agencies administer in both the single family and multi-family sectors.  This is an incredible opportunity to hear their thoughts on HUD’s affordable housing initiatives and engage in a conversation about challenges and opportunities for both HUD and local HFAs.


  • Willie Fobbs, Production Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Julienne Joseph, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration

Sponsored by:

9:00am - 12:30pm

Training Workshops: Future Innovation of Local Housing Finance Agencies

 9:00am - 9:45am

Environmental and Climate Impact & Action Plans

After sustaining several natural and financial disasters, Finance New Orleans re-imagined its operations to focus on leveraging climate resilience as an opportunity to help New Orleans maximize its potential. FNO has operated as a Housing Finance Agency since 1978 and recently expanded capabilities to also become the City of New Orleans’ Green Infrastructure Finance Agency/Green Bank charged with creating resilient and sustainable infrastructure opportunities alongside housing investments. Finance New Orleans launched a 10-Year Strategic Vision in 2021 that includes four goals: Use climate resilience to physically transform New Orleans, create economic development opportunities, build public wealth for community reinvestment, and grow as an agile and innovative organization 


  • Damon Burns, Chief Executive Officer, The Finance Authority of New Orleans 
9:45am - 10:00am

Coffee Break

10:00am - 11:00am

How Manufactured Housing Standards are Changing the Industry

The introduction of MH Advantage eligible financing created the opportunity to change the perception of manufactured homes and our nation’s housing affordability challenge has opened the door for greater market share. The pandemic accelerated the demand for housing and changed the way consumers buy homes. We will explore the typical manufactured housing buyer and the challenges they are presented with when purchasing a manufactured home.


  • Dustin Arp, Managing Partner, Spark Homes, LLC - Branch Manager, Guild Mortgage - Managing Partner, Volt Insurance Agency

Sponsored by eHousingPlus

11:00am - 11:15am  Coffee Break
11:15am - 12:30pm

A Discussion on Social Equity and Social Justice in Our Communities

The affordable housing finance community is uniquely positioned to show leadership in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) invites you to join an incredible panel of industry thought leaders who are passionate about strengthening diversity and inclusion in the affordable housing finance industry.

The panel will share their organizations' approach and process for determining DE&I priorities. Whether you are just starting your planning process or looking to enhance your current DE&I strategy the panel will also share their best practices in developing, implementing, and evaluating a strategy.

Furthermore, the panel will discuss a variety of additional topics including social equity, social justice; housing and economic biases, equitable housing, environmental impacts; and much more.


  • Dawn Arnold, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Invest Atlanta
  • Christopher Donald, Executive Director & CEO, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency