HAND 28th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo

On June 11, 2019, HAND welcomed real estate and community development professionals from across the region to its Annual Meeting & Housing Expo – the largest industry convening of its kind within the Capital Region. Themed Holding Ourselves Accountable: Bold Housing Solutions for Every Sector & Every Jurisdiction, this year’s conference was a powerful experience for all in attendance!

Throughout the day speakers and guests explored BOLD approaches to address housing affordability in our communities. The conference kicked off with its Plenary, The Elected Perspective: Bold Housing Solutions Across The Capital Region. This dialogue provided an exclusive opportunity for guests to hear directly from a panel of local elected officials on what steps their jurisdictions are taking specifically to tackle the housing crisis. The Housing Expo was brimming with exhibitors and allowed guests to make valuable connections with HAND members and colleagues. The Awards Luncheon capped the conference, featuring an interactive Fireside Chat, The Industry Perspective: Bold Commitments Across Sectors. Building from the themes discussed at the Plenary, this robust conversation featured leaders from the real estate, healthcare, nonprofit and philanthropic communities – all of whom are implementing BOLD strategies to create housing opportunities for individuals at all income levels. Additional highlights from the luncheon included an exciting performance by all-female Afro-Brazilian percussion band Batalá Washington, an inspiring address from the Children’s Art Contest Grand Prize Winner and the presentation of the Housing Achievement Awards.

Thank you to all of HAND’s sponsors, members, and partners who attended the Annual Meeting & Housing Expo! 

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

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Plenary | Panelists represented Washington, DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Loudoun County.

The Elected Perspective:
Bold Housing Solutions Across The Capital Region

Robin Hamilton
Founder, ARound Robin
Production Company

Christian Dorsey, Chair
Arlington County Board
Marc Elrich,
County Executive
Montgomery County, MD
Phyllis Randall, Chair
Loudoun County
Board of Supervisors
Robert C. White, Jr., Councilmember
District of Columbia Council

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Awards Luncheon | The luncheon honored our peers and the next generation with the Housing Achievement Awards and Children’s Art Contest. Plus, an esteemed panel delved into BOLD solutions to housing affordability.

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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Congratulations to our 2019 Housing Achievement Award & Art Contest Winners!

President’s Choice
Tamara Copeland, Former President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Developer of the Year
Jubilee Housing

Best Large Affordable Housing Project
Plaza West, Mission First Housing Group

Best Small Affordable Housing Project
Restoration Gardens 2, Empire Homes of Maryland

Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend
Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board
of Supervisors

Emerging Leader
Cleydi Pacheco, Montgomery Housing Partnership

Art Contest Grand Prize Winner
Milen Abrah, Arlington Partnership for
Affordable Housing

Thank you to the 2019
Housing Achievement Awards Judges!

Maria Day-
Marshall, Esq.
Director, University of Maryland
Ray Demers,
Director of Design Leadership, Enterprise
Roy Priest,
Commissioner, Housing Opportunities Commission



HAND Annual Meeting 2019Check out our collection of photos from the Awards Luncheon, Housing Expo and Plenary session! Feel free to download a personal copy of the images and share on social media with the hashtag #HANDAM19.




HAND 2019 Program – FINAL



Barcode Restaurant
$100 Gift Card

Boston Capital
$200 Maine Lobster Direct Gift Certificate

Novogradac & Company LLP
$100 Visa Gift Card

Harkins Builders
$100 Walrus Osyter and Ale House
E-gift card

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Weekend Away Certificate with Breakfast for Two

Washington Wizards
Signed Basketball

Taqueria Local
$25 Gift Card

CohnReznick LLP
4 Washington Nationals vs.
Atlanta Braves Tickets

Love Funding
Amazon Echo Dot

Patagonia Backpack with Laptop Sleeve

Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS

Chaplin’s Restaurant
Gift Card

Gift Card




AHC, Inc.
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
Arlington County Department of Human Services
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Banneker Ventures
Capital Impact Partners
City First Bank
Gilbane Development Company
Goldstein Hall
Harkins Builders
Hessel, Aluise and Neun, PC
Housing Initiative Partnership
John Marshall Bank
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Low Income Investment Fund 
Miles & Stockbridge
Mission First Housing
NHP Foundation
National Housing Trust
PGIM Real Estate Finance
R4 Capital
Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC
The Community Builders
The Michaels Organization
Tiber Hudson
United Bank
Victory Housing
WC Smith
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners
AHC, Inc.
AHD, Inc.
AGM Financial Services
Alexandria Housing                             Development Corporation
Arlington County Department of          Human Services
Arlington County                                    Housing Division
Arlington Partnership for                      Affordable Housing
Atlantic Union Bank
Ballard Spahr LLP
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (2)
Banneker Ventures
Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail &         Arndt LLP

Bozzuto Construction Company
Capital Impact Partners
Capital One (2)
Citi (2)
City First Bank

CohnReznick LLP
Community Preservation &
    Development Corporation
DC Deputy Mayor for Planning            and Economic Development

DC Housing Finance Agency
Enterprise (2)
Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP
Gilbane Development Company

Goldstein Hall
Grimm + Parker Architects
Habitat America, LLC
Hamel Builders
Harkins Builders
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Hessel, Aluise and Neun, PC
Homes for America
Hooten Construction
Hord Coplan Macht
Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Opportunities Unlimited
JDC Construction
John Marshall Bank
JP Morgan Chase & Co. (2)
KGD Architecture
Klein Hornig LLP
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Low Income Investment Fund
McCormack Baron Salazar

Miles & Stockbridge
Miner Feinstein Architects
Mission First Housing (2)
Montgomery County Department of           Housing and Community Affairs
Montgomery Housing Partnership (2)
National Housing Trust
New Communities Initiative
NHP Foundation
Nixon Peabody LLP
Northern Virginia Affordable                       Housing Alliance

PGIM Real Estate Finance
PNC (2)
Prince George’s County DHCD
Quantum Real Estate Management
R4 Capital
RED Mortgage Capital
Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC
Somerset Development Company
Telesis Corporation
The Community Builders
The Michaels Organization
Tiber Hudson
TM Associates Management, Inc.

United Bank

Victory Housing
Virginia Community                                Development Corporation
Volunteers of America
Washington Business Journal

Washington Gas
Washington Housing Initiative
WC Smith
Wells Fargo
Wesley Housing                                        Development Corporation
Whiting-Turner                                         Contracting Company
Wiencek + Associates                              Architects + Planners

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.