2019-Annual Meeting and Housing Expo


HAND 28th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo

June 11, 2019 | Omni Shoreham Hotel | Washington, DC

HAND’s Annual Meeting is the premier convening of real estate and community development professionals in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond. Bringing together over 1,400 members each year, the conference is an experience that informs, connects, and inspires us as we work to create and preserve strong communities. Themed Holding Ourselves Accountable: Bold Housing Solutions for Every Sector & Every Jurisdiction, the conference will feature:

  • Plenary – Featuring a robust dialogue with our elected officials representing Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Arlington, Alexandria and Loudoun County.
  • Housing Expo – Opportunities to showcase your organization and connect with partners!
  • Awards Luncheon – Honoring our peers and the next generation with the Housing Achievement Awards and Children’s Art Contest. Plus, an esteemed panel sharing bold solutions to housing affordability.


8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration and Expo Hall Open

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Plenary | Invited panelists represent jurisdictions throughout the Capital Region.

The Elected Perspective:
Bold Housing Solutions Across The Capital Region

County Executive
Angela D. Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County, MD

Christian Dorsey, Chair
Arlington County Board
County Executive Marc Elrich
Montgomery County, MD
Phyllis Randall, Chair
Loudoun County
Board of Supervisors
Robert C. White, Jr.
District of Columbia Council
Chairman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Mayor Justin Wilson
Alexandria, VA

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Luncheon featuring Presentation of Housing Achievement Awards, Children’s Art Contest +
Fireside Chat with Thought Leaders.

The Industry Perspective:
Bold Commitments Across Sectors

David Bowers
Vice President


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AJ Jackson
Executive Vice President,
Social Impact Investing


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Celeste James
Executive Director,
Community Health

Kaiser Permanente

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Jim Knight
Executive Director & President

Jubilee Housing

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Bruce McNamer
President & CEO

Greater Washington
Community Foundation

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Maria Day-Marshall, Esq.
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Ray Demers
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Roy Priest
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Bundle Your Benefits & Showcase Your Brand with a Tribute Sponsorship!


  • HAND Member Dues
  • Luncheon Table (10)
  • 10 Plenary Seats
  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book
  • Housing Expo Exhibit Table
  • Company Branding in Printed & Digital Marketing Collateral


  • HAND Member Dues
  • Luncheon Table (10)
  • 10 Plenary Seats
  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book
  • Housing Expo Exhibit Table
  • Company Branding in Printed & Digital Marketing Collateral

TABLE SPONSORSHIPS – $1,200-$1,500
Nonprofit / Government: $1200; For-Profit: $1500

  • Luncheon Table (10)
  • 10 Plenary Seats


  • Provides admission for (1) to Plenary, Housing Expo & Luncheon



PAYMENTS: Orders placed on the event registration form are not confirmed until payment is received. A confirmation email will be sent to the address listed in
your registration.

TABLE SPONSOR GUEST LIST: Submit guest names and menu choices by May 24th. Submit guest names here.

HOUSING EXPO: Plan to exhibit? Download the Housing Expo FAQs here.

AD SUBMISSION: The artwork for advertisements should be submitted to AnnualMeeting@HANDHousing.org. Download the ad spec sheet here. Deadline for ad submission is May 17th.

OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL ROOM BLOCKFor attendees looking to secure overnight accommodations on June 11th, HAND has secured a block rate of $259 for conference attendees. Visit this link to reserve your room.

CANCELLATIONS & CHANGES: If you wish to cancel or change your registration, send a request in writing to AnnualMeeting@HANDHousing.org. For cancellation requests made 30 days prior to the event, a full refund will be issued. For cancellation requests made 14 days or less prior to the event, a 50% refund will be issued.


Barcode Restaurant
$100 Gift Card

Boston Capital
$200 Maine Lobster Direct Gift Certificate

Novogradac & Company LLP
$100 Visa Gift Card

Harkins Builders
$100 Gift Card

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Weekend away certificate with breakfast for two




AHC, Inc.
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
City First Bank
Cornerstones Housing Corporation
Harkins Builders
Hessel, Aluise and Neun, PC
Housing Initiative Partnership
John Marshall Bank
Local Initiatives Support Corporation 
Miles & Stockbridge
Mission First Housing Group
NHP Foundation
NHT Communities
PGIM Real Estate Finance
R4 Capital
Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC
The Community Builders
Tiber Hudson
United Bank
Victory Housing
WC Smith
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners
Arlington County Housing Division
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (2)

Bozzuto Construction Company
Capital One (2)
CohnReznick LLP
DC Housing Finance Agency
Enterprise (2)
Habitat America, LLC

Hamel Builders
Harkins Builders
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Homes for America
Hooten Construction
Housing Opportunities Unlimited
JP Morgan Chase & Co. (2)
Klein Hornig LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance

PNC (2)
Prince George’s County Department of Housing &     Community Development

Quantum Real Estate Management
RED Mortgage Capital
TM Associates Management, Inc.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Union Bank & Trust
Virginia Community Development Corporation
Volunteers of America USA
Washington Gas
Wells Fargo

David Bowers is vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. His work includes facilitating affordable housing and community development transactions and policy implementation in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. His office provides access to financing, capacity building and technical assistance to local developers. Enterprise’s Mid-Atlantic office also participates with local coalitions advocating for increased resources for affordable housing and community development.

Since David joined Enterprise in 2004, the organization has invested more than $750 million in capital to support affordable housing efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, preserving or producing more than 10,000 homes. During David’s tenure, the office has been a co-initiator and co-convener of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, initiated several efforts including its Faith-Based Development Initiative, a transit-oriented preservation/resident displacement prevention initiative (GreenPATH) and the D.C. Green Communities Initiative. He currently serves on the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance and The National Low Income Housing Coalition.

In 2004, David completed his service as a program manager for a single-family housing program at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. Prior to joining the trust, David was a financial and program advisor at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. In that position, he developed and managed CDFI’s compliance monitoring review system. Before that, he worked in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, at the time the ranking member of the Senate VA- HUD Appropriations Committee. David served as the senator’s senior legislative assistant, responsible for analyzing and providing  policy  recommendations  on  legislation  pending  before  various  appropriations  subcommittees.

David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. He is an ordained minister and the founder of the all-volunteer NO MURDERS DC movement, launched in 2000. From 2013-2015 David served as the mayoral appointee as chairman of the District of Columbia Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board. David is a founding member of the Greater Washington chapter of 100 Black Men and a member of Leadership Greater Washington (’09). David formerly served on the boards of Thrive DC, City First Enterprises, City First Homes and Jubilee Housing. He is a former member of the District of Columbia’s Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals and the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.

AJ Jackson serves as the Executive Vice President, Social Impact Investing, of JBG SMITH where he leads the Washington Housing Initiative and manages the Impact Pool, an investment vehicle that provides secondary financing for affordable workforce housing. Prior to joining JBG SMITH, Mr. Jackson was a partner with EYA, a Washington, DC-based urban infill development company. At EYA, he led EYA’s participation in more than $1B of double and triple bottom line social impact projects.

Mr. Jackson has extensive experience in the creation of programs and policies supporting mixed-income housing. He played a key role in the creation of a nationally recognized workforce housing program and was called upon to advise local governments, public institutions, and the National Association of Homebuilders on mixed-income housing policy.
Mr. Jackson is an active member of ULI, serving as a Global Governing Trustee, and formerly as Chairman of the Public Private Partnership Council. He holds a LEED Green Associate credential from the US Green Building Council and is a member of the African-American Real Estate Professionals Association. Mr. Jackson received a B.A. with honors from the University of Alabama and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Celeste James, Executive Director of Community Health for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, leads Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Department, which engages in program development and implementation, grantmaking, and public policy advocacy to create conditions for health and well-being in Kaiser Permanente communities, with a commitment to health, racial, and economic equity.

Celeste’s career spans 30 years in the health and media industry, including leading corporate communications for USA TODAY/Gannett Co., Inc., U.S. News & World Report magazine, and NPR (National Public Radio).  Celeste also serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland State Governor’s Community Health Resources Commission, and as co-chair of Washington Regional Food Funders, a collaborative of funders dedicated to improving our regional food system, and a Board Member of Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, supporting girls in DC and Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools. Celeste is a graduate of Cleveland State University.  She relaxes with great cuisine, music and laughter.

Jim Knight has spent his career working at non-profit organizations that welcome and support families and individuals who have experienced difficult circumstances, often related to economic hardship. In acute situations, these hardships include homelessness, addiction, and incarceration. He has led Jubilee Housing as its executive director since 2002.

Knight started his tenure modernizing Jubilee’s original properties. More recently he has been expanding Jubilee’s stock of highly affordable homes, adding to the organization’s key initiatives, and advancing its mission.

Under Knight’s leadership, Jubilee has preserved approximately 235 affordable homes in the now high-cost neighborhoods of Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Mount Pleasant—enabling long-time residents to remain in place and benefit from the positive change in their communities. In Fall 2018, Jubilee will open an additional 64 affordable homes in Columbia Heights. With Knight’s guidance, Jubilee also has expanded programming to help residents reach their life goals. This includes programming in early childhood education, out-of-school-time youth development, and supportive services for returning citizens.

Knight secured more than $100 million in innovative funding needed to couple highly affordable homes with onsite or nearby supportive programming. Those efforts have utilized three different tax credits, local funds from the District’s Housing Production Trust Fund, and federal HOME funds, as well as several sources of private capital.

He spearheaded Jubilee’s most recent innovation, a strategic alliance with six other high-impact non-profits working to increase the ability of D.C. families to overcome economic hardship. Working with organizations in the Platform of Hope, families pursue their goals in a supportive cohort.

Knight directs Jubilee in its broadened mission to foster equity and bring about justice through housing—justice housing, which is affordable to those with few financial assets, coupled with opportunities we all need to succeed, and located in resource-rich neighborhoods. He spearheads Jubilee’s efforts both to establish more justice housing and to foster better understanding among people from different backgrounds and experiences through justice housing.

During Knight’s tenure, Jubilee has been recognized with several awards, including the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award, TD Bank’s Housing for All award, and CITI Bank’s Partner’s in Progress Neighborhood Quarterback award. The Agnes and Eugene Meyer Foundation selected Knight to receive its inaugural Exponent Award for exceptional non-profit leadership. Jim Knight is also a Washington Business Journal C-Suite awardee.

Prior to accepting the executive director role at Jubilee, Knight led the men’s transitional program at Samaritan Inns, where he helped open a new facility that doubled the organization’s capacity to serve men in the early stages of recovery. Knight oversaw a staff of addiction counselors and social service coordinators and worked directly with residents as they took steps to rebuild their lives.

Earlier, Knight served as a facilities manager and work rehabilitation coordinator for the Knox Area Rescue Ministries, a nonprofit assisting the homeless community in Knoxville, TN. Knight began his career in 1994, as an intern with the Festival Center, a mission of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. The Festival Center placed him at Jubilee Housing.

Knight is a mayoral appointee to D.C.’s Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board, offering insights into the strategic development of affordable homes in the District. He is also a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2019.

Knight received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

He is a member of the Bread of Life Church, a faith community that grew out of the Church of the Saviour, and he describes his career path as driven by his faith.

Knight and his family are long-time D.C. residents. His wife co-owns a veterinary practice in the District, and their children attend D.C. public schools.

Bruce McNamer is the President and CEO of Greater Washington Community Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity that is dedicated to improving the Greater Washington region – by connecting caring people to causes that matter. The Community Foundation, which serves the District of Columbia; Montgomery County; Prince George’s County; and Northern Virginia, currently manages more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $350 million. The Foundation is the largest local funder of nonprofit organizations in the region,and is one of the larger foundations of its kind in the United States.

Bruce joined The Community Foundation in 2015, bringing broad experience in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. Just prior to joining, he was the Head of Global Philanthropy and Chief Executive Officer of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  Prior to JP Morgan, he served as the President and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries – with operations in 30 countries in Africa, Latin America and India.  Before joining TechnoServe, Bruce was a senior executive/founder in technology start–ups, an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.  Bruce was also a White House Fellow at the National Economic Council and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay.  Bruce serves on the board of trustees for several local and international nonprofits, including PATH, MasterCard Foundation and the Federal City Council. He has an AB from Harvard and a JD/MBA from Stanford.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Montana native.


Ms. Maria Day-Marshall, Esq., joined the Real Estate Development Program at the University of Maryland in July 2017, and currently serves as its Director and as Clinical Associate Professor.  In February 2018, she added the directorship of the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development to her responsibilities.  As the Director of the Program, Day-Marshall provides programmatic and disciplinary leadership in the areas of curriculum development; faculty recruitment, guidance and evaluation; student recruitment and advising; and, course scheduling.  Previously, Day-Marshall served as a Lecturer for the Real Estate Development Program from 2008 until she joined it full-time as Director.

Prior to joining the University as Director, Day-Marshall worked for the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency beginning in November 2009 and served as the Interim Executive Director and General Counsel to the Agency. She was responsible for the overall supervision, coordination and management of the Agency and for all legal matters for the Agency. From 2004 to 2009, Day-Marshall was a Senior Business Development Manager in Fannie Mae’s Community Lending Channel. She was responsible for business development, underwriting, legal documentation review, and transaction execution and closing related to two direct loan products that financed housing development and rehabilitation projects, and that were offered to governmental entities.

Day-Marshall has been involved in the municipal finance industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining Fannie Mae from 1982 to 1996, she served in financially and legally related positions in the District government. During her tenure, she served as Treasurer of the District of Columbia for five years preceded by terms as Deputy Treasurer and Debt Manager. As Treasurer, she was responsible for the issuance of $6 billion of debt for the District and other DC government issuers. Subsequently, Day-Marshall served as a financial consultant to the DC Water and Sewer Authority during its transition from a division within the Department of Public Works to an independent regional authority. She assisted in preparing the Authority for its first debt issuance.

Day-Marshall joined Columbia Equity Financial Corp., an independent financial advisory firm, in 1999 as Senior Vice President. While working at the firm, Day-Marshall was involved in an array of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions, and served as financial advisor to a multitude of governmental entities including, among others, Municipalities, Transportation Authorities, Public Housing Authorities, Housing Finance Agencies and Redevelopment Authorities.

Day-Marshall has lectured extensively during her tenure with the District of Columbia government and subsequently about topics affecting the municipal finance industry. She is the recipient of two Distinguished Public Service Awards granted by two mayors of the District of Columbia, and a Certificate of Appreciation granted by a third mayor. The DC Council enacted a resolution in 1996 recognizing her contributions to the District of Columbia. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and other associations. Day-Marshall earned a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Fisk University.


Ray Demers is the Director of Design Leadership with Enterprise Community Partners. He serves as the strategic lead of the Rose Fellowship, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI), and other emerging priorities. Previously, in his role as a Senior Program Director, he co-led the technical development of the 2015 Green Communities Criteria - a national green building standard developed for affordable housing. Ray continues to serve a research associate with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative - a cooperative that advocates, supports and designs culturally and environmentally sustainable affordable housing in Indian Country. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Roy Priest is a creative architect and administrator of community development programs. Roy is well known and respected in Washington and across the country.  His distinguished 50 years career in government and the non-profit sectors included executive positions at both the local, municipal and federal level. His exemplary leadership and accomplishments reflects his steadfast commitment to serving the social and economic needs of our nation’s families and communities.  His success is not benchmarked by the thousand of housing, retail, commercial and industrial projects that have been built and financed through programs he has developed and engineered throughout his career in Community Economic Development but by the creation of measurable program and policy outcomes built in the intersection between places and people.