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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.

Robert Elliott

Race Relations Is Our Biggest Problem Ep. 26 - Robert (Bob) Elliott has held significant roles in many of the critical decisions that shaped housing policy, particularly those that affected race relations, including the Gautreaux decision. Top Takeaways: The need for implementation of existing programs in the affordable housing sector ...
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Jane Katz

Taking A Global View Ep. 32 - As an international studies major, Jane Katz came to Washington, D.C. with high ideals about the future and working globally. Yet like many who have had a non-linear career path, she found herself working in the housing arena, spending time at HUD and ...
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John Koskinen

His Role as the Fixer Ep. 31 - John Koskinen was involved in 911, anthrax, Y2K, IRS, Freddie Mac rebuilding during the 2008 financial crisis., and yes, even soccoer. That's why his role is referred to as "the fixer." Top Takeaways: The steps that he took while in government to ...
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John Weicher

A Scholar's Take on Housing Ep. 30 - John Weicher He offers his breadth of experience to discuss trending issues in the housing and real estate markets and surveys the key accomplishments from his career.  As the author of 14 books and numerous scholarly articles, Weicher provides an academic’s insights ...
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Marion McFadden

Why We Need Political Will Ep. 29 -  Marion McFadden, has candid advice on the priorities and political will Washington should have. Not only should there be more money for HUD, but it needs to be a priority at the executive branch level. While that isn’t the case right now, ...
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Michael Bodaken

Going Green for Smarter Housing Ep. 28 - Michael Bodaken knows it is going to take serious innovation and creativity to turn around the nation's neglect of its affordable housing. Bodaken discusses why, without sufficient housing supply and direct assistance, too many must struggle to compete in the same market ...
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