Congress people and staff rely on Denise as one of the most knowledgeable influencers in affordable housing. As Executive Director of the National Leased Housing Association in Washington DC, she credits her mentors for giving her an opportunity to gain credibility in the housing world. She gives advice as to how to work with Congress and talks about working with Barbara Mikulski, one of the few women senators at that time. Denise talks about the difference between being a lobbyist vs. an advocate.
She talks about her personal experience in dealing with the suicide death of her twin.