HAND’s Annual Meeting is the largest convening of real estate and community development professionals in the Washington region. We invite you to join the celebration of our 30th anniversary with an immersive virtual experience designed to inspire you, make you think, and strengthen the relationships that are vital to the creation of flourishing communities. 

The history of our nation is tainted with smears of systemic racism and discrimination from the very first steps of settlers onto American land. In 1619, a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort in Virginia. Just 15 years later, colonizers would make contact with Piscataway Conoy – the largest and most powerful tribal nation in our region, with a footprint that extended across DC, Maryland, Virginia and even further into the Mid-Atlantic. The dark days that followed laid the foundation for systems, policies, and programs that are still with us to this very day. HAND is standing firm in its commitment to centering equity, and as we recognize the milestone of 30 years, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that we have been battling the same challenges for hundreds of years. Still here in celebration. Still here in challenge. We remain dedicated to working alongside you to address the root causes that amplify housing disparities and restrict access to opportunity for communities of color. We celebrate, but we also say their names. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Piscataway Conoy. And so many others. Join us as we hold space to reflect on the past three decades, hear from industry thought leaders and connect with each other in the spirit of creating a more just and equitable region.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Social Lounges and Expo Hall Open


9:05 AM – 9:10 AM
Honoring Native Land | Piscataway Conoy


9:10 AM – 9:40 AM
Three Decades of Reflection | HAND Leadership and Elected Officials


9:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Ignite Talk: Equity In Action | Removing the Barriers, Unlocking Access for Black & Brown Developers

Ignite Talk: Putting the Community Back in Community Development


3:05 PM – 3:25 PM
Presentation of Housing Achievement Awards, Children’s Essay Contest  


3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Keynote | A Call for This Moment


4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
Anniversary Toast | Past & Current HAND Board Members & Staff




              Award Categories
           Winners to be announced!

  • Developer of the Year

  • Best Small Affordable Housing Project 

  • Best Large Affordable Housing Project

  • Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend

  • Emerging Leader

  • President’s Choice



                                        Thank You to Our Judges

Conrad Egan
National Housing

Policy Expert

Donna Gambrell
CEO, Appalachian Community Capital

Margaret McFarland, JD Founding Director, Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development




  • HAND Member Dues
  • 10 conference tickets 
  • Half Page Ad in Program Book 
  • Expo Booth
  • Company Branding in Digital Marketing Collateral


  • HAND Member Dues
  • 10 conference tickets 
  • Half Page Ad in Program Book 
  • Expo Booth
  • Company Branding in Digital Marketing Collateral


  • 10 conference tickets 
  • Expo Booth
  • Half Page Ad in Program Book 


  • 10 conference tickets
  • Expo Booth
  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book 


  • Individual All-Access Pass (provides admission to Ignite Talks, Virtual Housing Expo, Awards Ceremony &
    Keynote Address) – $130
  • Expo Booth (Includes admissions for 2 staff to host the exhibit booth) – $750
    Download the Exhibitor FAQs
  • Full Color Ads – $800-$1450
    Download the Ad Submission Form


We’ve got you covered to ensure a seamless virtual experience!

Want to maximize your conference experience? Join our Events Team at one of the trainings below to learn how to make the most of your Virtual Expo Booth! Who should attend? We recommend this brief zoom session for the marketing team or staff tasked with managing your Virtual Expo Booth!  

SIGN UP TODAY | June 8, 2021                     SIGN UP TODAY | June 9, 2021

Questions about your registration? 
Email AnnualMeeting@HANDHousing.org

Questions about your Housing Expo booth? 
Email jazmyn@co-smith.com 

Questions about tech issues on the day of the conference?
Email jazmyn@co-smith.com

PAYMENTS: Orders placed on the event registration form are not confirmed until payment is received. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address listed in your registration. If you pay by credit card, a receipt will be sent to the email address listed in your registration.

GUEST NAMES & CONTACT INFORMATION: If your registration includes 10 or more tickets, please submit guest names and email addresses by COB June 11th. Submit guest names here.

HOUSING EXPOIf you plan to set up an exhibit in the Housing Expo, you can 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 to design your ad with the appropriate measurements. Deadline for ad submission is COB June 11.

CANCELLATIONS & CHANGESIf you wish to cancel or change your registration for the Annual Meeting & Housing Expo, please send a request in writing to AnnualMeeting@HANDHousing.org. For cancellation requests made 30 days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund. For cancellation requests made 14 days prior to the event or later, you will receive a 50% refund. Feel free to direct questions regarding the event to AnnualMeeting@HANDHousing.org. 

AHC, Inc.
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation 
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing 
Community Solutions
Cornerstones Housing Corporation 
Fairfax County DHCD 
Harkins Builders
Hessel Aluise & O’Leary, P.C. 
Homes for America
Housing Initiative Partnership
Miles & Stockbridge PC

Mission First Housing Group 
Neighborhood Development Company
NHP Foundation 
Telesis Corporation
Tiber Hudson
United Bank
University of Maryland 
Victory Housing 
Wesley Housing Development Corporation 


Conrad Egan serves on the Boards of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance and the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County. Previously he was the Chairman of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the CEO of the National Housing Conference, and the Executive Director of the Congressionally appointed Millennial Housing Commission. He served proudly for 20 years as an executive in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He also served for seven years as an Executive Vice President of the National Corporation for Housing Partnership for Housing which operated under a Congressional mandate and was the largest ownerand manager of affordable rental homes in the Nation.

His involvement with affordable homes began in the Detroit area in the mid-1960's with the West Central Organization, the University of Detroit Urban Law Program, and the Highland Park Model Cities Program.

Donna J. Gambrell is the longest serving and first African American woman to be appointed as Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). During her tenure from 2007 to 2013, the CDFI Fund experienced significant growth, more than doubling funding under its flagship program, and it strongly supported a CDFI industry responsible for providing affordable capital, credit, and financial services to low-income communities. Under Ms. Gambrell’s leadership, the CDFI Fund also designed and administered a number of new initiatives targeted to underserved markets, including the Capital Magnet Fund, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

Ms. Gambrell retired from federal government service in December 2013.  Currently, she is the CEO of Appalachian Community Capital, a CDFI regional intermediary comprised of 13 high-performing CDFIs and community development lenders working together to help address the small business needs in the Appalachian Region. In addition, she is a visiting, non-resident scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and a board member for Southern Bancorp, Inc., in Little Rock, Arkansas, which is one of the nation’s largest CDFIs.  Ms. Gambrell is also honored to serve as a board member for AEO, a national membership organization for microbusinesses, and Opportunity Finance Network, OFN.

Margaret McFarland, J.D. is an Emeritus Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland and is currently directing the establishment of a real estate center for a small college in California., while teaching courses on-line at both institutions.  McFarland was the founding Director of the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development and established the Master of Real Estate Development program at the University of Maryland.  Dr. McFarland was Editor-in-Chief of the Real Estate Review, a quarterly journal, from 2008 – 2016.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Maryland, Dr. McFarland was a practicing attorney in affordable housing finance and operations for 25 years.  During those years, McFarland served as General Counsel to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, then General Counsel to the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and just prior to moving to academia, served as General Counsel to the District of Columbia Housing Authority. McFarland also spent a few years working with affordable housing developers at the National Association of Home Builders, which resulted in permanent modifications to federal law governing low-income housing tax credits that enhanced its use by private developers to produce public purpose affordable housing.

Dr. McFarland is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate Society and a longtime outside Director of non-profit developer/investor Neighborhood Development Collaborative with properties in California, Nevada, and Texas.  She spent several years in public service as a land use planner in Toledo, Ohio, before returning to school to complete a law degree.  On completing her law degree Dr. McFarland joined the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers in private practice in Washington, D.C. assisting clients financing hotel, office and retail properties. 

 Dr. McFarland has an A.M. degree in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree awarded by the University of Michigan.