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COMMUNITY TRAILBLAZERS

IN HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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In the Community TrailBlazers Podcast, we are sitting down with the Fellows of the American Academy of Housing and Communities to capture some of their thoughts on the last 50 years of public policy in housing and communities and the next 50 years of what they think will or could be taking place.

Kent Watkins founded this honorary society, consisting of the top national and international thought leaders and implementers in the field of urbanism. All HUD Secretaries and their senior staffs are automatically nominated as Fellows, as are the heads of the relevant public interest groups and high achievers in the various urban functional fields of endeavor. 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 housing and cities look like in 50 years?

Kent Watkins and Nan McKay

Kent Watkins and Nan McKay

Ep. 1-A Historical Perspective of Housing and Communities

In Episode 1 of the Academy Series, Kent Watkins and Nan McKay reflect on their decades of work in the affordable housing industry and analyze the many challenges on the horizon. They discuss their reasons for collaborating on this historic podcast on housing and communities.

They discuss a forthcoming crisis when it comes to affordable housing — the current inventory is aging fast and the issue isn’t receiving enough attention in public policy discussions. Land is sparse, and many continue to struggle with affordability given heavy amounts of student loan debt. Solutions must come fast, but they’ll take political will to happen. Listen in to find out what needs to change.

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Meet the Men and Women Who Have Shaped Housing and Community Development in the United States

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Denise Muha

Ep. 2-Respect on Capitol Hill

Housing expert Denise Muha is a sought after expert in Washington for her insight on affordable housing policy. As Executive Director of the National Leased Housing Association, she regularly advocates and advises Congress and HUD on public housing’s benefits to families and communities.

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John Mcllwain

John McIlwain

Ep. 3-Easing the Housing Squeeze

John Mcllwain has been on the ground floor of the country’s affordable housing movement for over four decades, becoming a trusted voice on Capitol Hill for his high level of expertise. Mcllwain closed the first Section 8 deal in the U.S., worked for HUD, performed widely respected industry policy research, and invested in affordable projects.

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Bob Moss

Bob Moss

Ep. 4-Innovate to Fix Housing Woes

After 36 years in the affordable housing industry, Bob Moss has a clear vision for what must change. He discusses that to meet the myriad of needs in housing, the U.S. needs to be more creative about finding sufficient labor and cutting construction costs. As National Director of Governmental Affairs for tax and advisory firm CohnReznick, he pushes the industry to embrace new innovative ideas.

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Carol Lamberg

Ep.5-From Ashes to Triumph

Building housing in New York isn’t easy. There’s lots of red tape and high housing costs, but none of that detracted Carol Lambers from pushing through projects that later when on to flourish. As a longtime housing advocate, she spearheaded thousands of units in the New York area that are models for long-term success.

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David Smith

David Smith

Ep.6-Sure! I Can Do That!

David is a self-taught pioneer in affordable housing, building two successful companies including the Affordable Housing Institute which has worked in over 65 countries, with partners including World Bank, USAID, the Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. His financing of housing in India and many other countries has provided stability and quality in the home.

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Monica Sussman

Monica Sussman

Ep. 7-Doing Well While Doing Good

Monica Sussman has been on both sides of the affordable housing sector, serving as a deputy general counsel with HUD and currently practicing at a law firm focused on affordable housing policy. She offers keen insights into what is holding back much of the badly needed affordable housing funding and construction.

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Marshall Kaplan

Ep. 8-A First-Hand Account of the History of HUD

Marshall Kaplan gives an excellent first-hand account of HUD's evolution and expectations and its ability to meet them. He discusses the difficulties of HUD's role as a lead agency, how close we came to an income support program, and program maturity in light of administration changes.

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Elisabette Calero

Ep. 9-High Priestess of Culture in Puerto Rico

Elisabette Calero is known as the high priest of culture in Puerto Rico. At 14 she joined the Boston Ballet, the launch for a storied career traveling the world as a ballerina. Her many experiences included teaching ballet to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

 

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Tom Bozzuto

Tom Buzzuto

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Ann Schnare

Ann Schnare

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Bill Gilmartin

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