COMMUNITY TRAILBLAZERS IN HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The Oral History of Housing and Communities

In the Community TrailBlazers Podcast, we are featuring Fellows of the American Academy of Housing and Communities who have had a major impact on world affairs, federal policy, and the development of community culture through courageous action to bring about change. Most have lived through many Presidents, many generations, and many changes. We capture their thoughts on the last 50 years of public policy and discuss what the future may hold.

Kent Watkins founded this honorary society, consisting of the top national and international thought leaders and implementers in the field of urbanism. These include heads of federal agencies and their senior staffs, as well as urbanist leaders in social welfare, health, education, culinary arts, art and poetry, transportation, climate and others who have made an impact on the culture of the areas we live in.  All are considered peers and have achieved success in some unique way. Referred to as the Academy Series, Nan McKay spotlights one of these trailblazers each week.

Muriel Tillinghast Portrait

Muriel Tillinghast Podcast

Desegregation Activism on the Front Lines Muriel Tillinghast Ep. 59 - Meet Muriel Tillinghast, a human rights activist from the 1960’s to today! She takes us on a long but fascinating journey from the initial civil rights activities in the 1960’s through an extensive career in revenue generation and oversight ...
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Carla Hills Portrait

Carla A. Hills

Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary Carla Hills, Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary Ep. 49 - What would it be like to be responsible for negotiating a trade agreement with China or Japan or any other world country? Imagine yourself about to take a high-level job with ...
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Norman McLoughlin Portrait

Norman McLoughlin Podcast

Creative Real Estate Financing Ep. 58 - Norm McLoughlin is a master of creative real estate financing in the public sector. Whether it is tax exempt bonds, tax credit, or federal, state or local funds, Norm has experience in all of them! As President of the National Association of Local ...
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Engage the residents

Joseph Shuldiner Podcast

Engage the Residents Ep. 57 - Can you imagine managing a 500K+ subsidized housing unit program with 10,238 employees? How about 9.375 units plus 58,000 families in the Section 8 program? Joseph Shuldiner is the only executive director in the country to manage three behemoth housing authorities! He was HUD’s ...
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Close the Diversity Gap in Housing

David Stevens Podcast

Close the Diversity Gap in Housing Ep. 56 - David Stevens wants to close the diversity gap in housing and allow more inclusion for a better and diverse America. He would like to see a country where the economic gap is less wide and both the majority and the minority ...
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Trailblazers Podcast

Bryan Greene

Racial Bias in Housing Bryan Greene knows what discrimination looks like, especially in housing. But how do we end racial bias in housing so that housing is equally available to everyone?  Bryan handled many discrimination cases while he managed HUD's fair housing policy and practices. He lets us know what ...
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Entrepreneur Podcasts

James Stockard

Housing Is a Right, Not a Privilege Ep. 54 - “It’s time to ensure that no American has to worry about where they and their families will sleep tonight.” James Stockard, referred to as Jim, feels affordable housing should be a right, not a privilege. He links the lack of ...
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Podcast Communities

Mark Willis

Revival of Cities Ep. 53 - Mark Willis’s life work is about stabilizing and revitalizing cities, with a strong focus on New York City, but creating theory and systems which would work throughout the country. He feels it is crucial to bridge between theory and practice when it comes to ...
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David Smith

Part 2: The Affordable Housing Guru Reveals the Future Ep. 52 - Walk through an enclosed vestibule into a commercial building and mitigate safety COVID infection worries! Retrofit your house for safety! Change multifamily standards to ensure safety! Install an app that will let you know when someone with COVID ...
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Inspiring Podcasts

Gerald Benoit

The Guru of Housing Vouchers Ep. 51 - Meet Gerald Benoit, referred to as Jerry, one of the icons from the 1970s and a member of the Academy of Housing and Communities. He started out by directing a Section 23 Leased Housing program for the department of HUD where he ...
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Entrepreneur Podcasts

DeLois Strum

Making Her Mark as a Black Woman in Community Development Ep. 50 - Meet DeLois Strum, referred to as DeeDee, CEO of M.D. Strum LLC and a 40+ year entrepreneur, a public speaker, an affordable housing advocate, who is currently involved in offshore wind as a renewable source of energy. ...
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Inspiring Podcasts

Bruno Fulda

The French Global Change Agent Ep. 48 - Bruno Fulda is a Frenchman who is determined to bring real change on a global scale. He believes in regulated capitalism’s interface with climate change and why fighting poverty and inequality are some of the most important issues today. He discusses how ...
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Entrepreneur Podcasts

John McIlwain

Easing the Housing Squeeze Ep. 3 - John McIlwain is a huge advocator for affordable housing and led his team in sorting out their differences and finding commonality in advocating for the renewal of the Section 8 program. He is also not very optimistic about the future of housing programs ...
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Podcasts for Women in Their 20s

Judith Hermanson

Smart City. Just City. Ep. 47 - Judith Hermanson, President and CEO of IHC Global, brings a Smart City. Just City initiative to increase inclusiveness and equity in cities across the globe. The Smart City. Just City. Initiative will develop and advance a policy framework that uses smart city techniques to attain a ...
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