Comunity TrailBlazers Podcast Episodes



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. 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. Most have lived through many Presidents, many generations, and many changes. We explore what has changed and what has not changed but perhaps should. What will the world, cities, governments and our culture look like in 50 years?


Jane Katz

Taking A Global View Ep. 32 - Jane Katz shares her career journey in the housing sector, and later entering the international sector. As an international studies major, Jane Katz came to Washington, D.C. with high ideals about the future. Yet like many who have had a non-linear career path, ...
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John Koskinen

His Role as the Fixer Ep. 31 - In this episode of the Community Trailblazers Podcast, John Koskinen shares a lifetime of his career both in the private and public sectors. He has had a plethora of impactful jobs, most of them in the government and many in the role of ...
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John Weicher

A Scholar's Take on Housing Ep. 30 - In this episode of the Community Trailblazers, John Weicher talks about his career at HUD as chief economist. He is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Housing and Financial Markets at Hudson Institute. He also is a sought-after expert ...
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Marion McFadden

Why We Need Political Will Ep. 29 - In this episode of the Community Trailblazers, Nan McKay interviews Marion McFadden as she talks about her role in the affordable housing sector through various organizations. After 15 years at HUD, Marion Mollegen McFadden felt she could make a bigger impact outside ...
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Michael Bodaken

Going Green for Smarter Housing Ep. 28 - In this episode of the Community Trailblazers, Nan McKay interviews Michael Bodaken as he shares his past role as head of the nonprofit National Housing Trust.  He was largely responsible for the growth of the organization into an industry leader in affordable ...
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