This June will make three years since HAND members have come together in-person for our annual conference. In spite of our physical distance from each other, we continue to serve our collective as a CONVENER, EDUCATOR and ACTIVATOR with a robust slate of educational forums and policy activations designed to drive impact across the region and opportunities for our members to cultivate lasting partnerships. After much consideration on how to safely convene in person, we invite you to reimagine our annual conference. Homecoming in the Park is a return to HAND’s annual event…with a twist.

Each year, institutions across the country honor the tradition of Homecoming. From the football game to the tailgating, this is a special time for students and alumni to celebrate and be in the company of friends. We welcome you to experience our own version of Homecoming, featuring our signature Housing Expo and HAND awards, and programming showcasing our region’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities and their impact on our communities. We are thrilled to honor HAND’s commitment to racial equity with an ode to the institutions that have provided opportunity to people of color for hundreds of years. Plus you can still count on opportunities to connect with fellow members, great food (we’re lighting up the grills!!), and the inspiration that feeds our drive to create more equitable outcomes across our region. Put on your favorite homecoming tee and register TODAY! 

We can’t wait to welcome you home!


Don’t forget… we’re heading outside this year, so swap your business suit for your favorite tee representing your alma mater, company, or sorority/fraternity – whatever makes you think of home.

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DJ Cheickmeout
Winell Belfonte
CPA, Partner 
Jummy Olabanji 
Heather Raspberry
Executive Director
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Team up for your chance to win a Parkside Prize! Cornhole, Giant Jenga, and Giant Connect Four will be available for you to enjoy.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
#PartneringBoldly | Shaping Regional Housing Growth & Driving Economic Development
Because HAND’s work is centered in racial equity, we are thrilled to highlight the unique role that our region’s higher education institutions play in addressing housing needs and economic development goals. Many of the schools right here in our own backyard have made a commitment to support local and regional economic growth. This Parkside Chat will be a unique opportunity for leaders to share how they are #partneringboldly to achieve more equitable outcomes in our communities. Guests can expect to hear how these schools are involved in local housing and economic development issues, the unique projects they are pursuing, and where they see opportunity for the educational space to further support regional goals. 

Maria Day-Marshall
Director, Colvin Institute of
Real Estate Development
University of Maryland

Eric Maribojoc
Executive Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
George Mason University

Rashad Young
Senior Vice President
and Chief Strategy Officer
Howard University
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

#LeadingBoldly | Leveraging Policy & Investments to Meet the Region’s Housing Goals

Bold affordable housing targets require bold policy and investments. Join us for this dynamic discussion with our 2022 Capital Region Trailblazers who have adopted these targets, outlined in HAND’s Housing Indicator Tool. This candid conversation with leadership from our region’s housing agencies will explore what’s working in each of their jurisdictions, opportunities for improvement, and how the entire region can continue to advance on its housing goals.

Drew Hubbard
Interim Director Department of Housing & Community Development
Washington, DC

Helen McIlvaine
Office of Housing
City of Alexandria

Aspasia Xypolia
Director, Department of Housing & Community Development
Prince George’s County
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Our signature award ceremony recognizes organizations and individuals providing outstanding affordable housing projects and programs across our region, the Children’s Essay Contest winner, plus a special surprise guest!
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

DuPont Brass



$4500 (Non-Profit/Government)
  • 10 Conference Tickets
  • Expo Booth
  • 1/4 Page Ad in Program Book
$6000 (For-Profit)
  • 10 Conference Tickets
  • Expo Booth
  • 1/4 Page Ad in Program Book
$7500 (Non-HAND Member)
  • 10 Conference Tickets
  • Expo Booth
  • 1/4 Page Ad in Program Book
  • All-Access Pass – $150
  • Expo Booth + Two All-Access Passes – $2500
    Expo FAQ 
  • Full Color Ads – $800-$1450 
    Ad Spec Sheet 


Interested in Sponsoring Homecoming in the Park? Contact HAND to learn more.


Lulu Lemon Workout Basket and a $200 Gift Card
Miner Feinstein Architects
$250 Gift Card for Thatcher and Rye
JDC Construction
$150 Gift Card
Synetic Theater
Gift Certificate for Two Theater Tickets (Valued at $125)
Novogradac & Company LLP
$100 Visa Gift Card
R4 Capital
$100 Visa Gift Card


Congratulations to our 2022 Housing Achievement Award Slate, highlighting HAND members who are creating real impact in communities across the Capital Region!


Fatima Coreas
Montgomery Housing Partnership

Best Small Affordable Housing Project

Liberty Place Apartments
IBF Development & National Housing Trust

Best Large Affordable Housing Project

Queens Court Apartments
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing 

of the Year

Wesley Housing


Catherine Buell
Amazon in the Community


Capital Region Trailblazer

City of Alexandria

Capital Region Trailblazer

Washington, DC

Capital Region Trailblazer

Prince George’s County


       Celebrating our  Children’s Essay Contest Winner!

Zachary Dawet Hailu
Montgomery Housing Partnership

Learn More

Thank you to our Housing Achievement Awards judges!

Mann Bibbs

MB2 Consulting

Read Bio

Lori Glass
Neighborhood Impact
Investment Fund

Read Bio

Margaret McFarland, J.D.
Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
Read Bio

AHC Inc.
Alexandria Housing Development
Amazon Housing Equity Fund
Arlington Partnership for
Affordable Housing 
Arent Fox Schiff LLP
Bank of America 
Blue Light Advisors
Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP
Capital Impact Partners
Capital One 
CHANGE All Souls Housing Corporation
Colvin Institute
Community Housing Capital 
CSI Support & Development
DC Department of Housing &
Community Development
DC Green Bank
DC Housing Finance Agency
Edgewood Management
Energy Foundation
Enterprise Community Partners
Fairfax County Department of Housing & Community Development
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Hamel Builders
Harkins Builders
Hessel Aluise & O’Leary
Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Up
IBF Development
JBG Smith
Klein Hornig
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
M&T Realty Capital Corporation
Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
Mission First Housing Group
Montgomery Housing Partnership
National Housing Trust
Neighborhood Development Company
NeighborWorks America
Nixon Peabody
PNC Bank
Preservation of Affordable Housing
Prince George’s County Department of Housing & Community Development
R4 Capital 
Regions Bank
Reno & Cavanaugh
Saving Solutions, LLC
SC&H Group
Skinner Consulting Services LLC
Studio 343
T&H Mid-Atlantic

The Community Builders 
The Empowered Block LLC
The Michaels Organization
United Bank
Victory Housing
Virginia Housing
Volunteers of America USA
Wells Fargo
Wesley Housing




For this year's Children Essay Contest, HAND invited elementary school-aged children to share their future goals and personal interests. We received so many well-written submissions, but it was undeniable that the hopeful essay penned by Zachary Dawet Hailu, shone the brightest. Zachary is a student with ambitious aspirations and a participant in Montgomery Housing Partnership's resident services program. 

Congratulations  Zachary!
We can't wait to hear you recite your essay on June 17!

Marie Mann Bibbs is the principal of a specialized consulting practice, MB2, serving nonprofit community development financial institutions, as well as regulated and community development banks.  The practice focuses on writing applications for federal programs, primarily the CDFI Fund. She has written successful NMTC applications totaling $551 million and won over $11 million in FA and BEA awards.  At City First Bank of DC, Ms. Bibbs originally served on the Board and joined the staff as Executive Vice President, Community Development Finance in September 2006.  She was appointed President and CEO of City First New Markets Fund II, LLC, in 2007.  Ms. Bibbs directed the New Market Tax Credit program, served as the Community Reinvestment Act Officer, had oversight of community development financing products and services, and handled communications and marketing, including the writing of the bank annual report. She was also the relationship manager to the CDFI Fund, with responsibility for the Financial Assistance and Bank Enterprise Award grant programs, and raised over $6.9 million in grants.  In 2013, Ms. Bibbs planned and executed a one-day community development conference that attracted over 450 attendees. 

Through the City First NMTC program, Ms. Bibbs financed the construction of large commercial projects ranging from $8 - $24 million in development costs.  Those projects, primarily community facilities, included the Capital Area Food Bank, Bread for the City, Central Union Mission, Mary’s Center, Unity Health Kenilworth Center, Anthony Bowen YMCA, Washington Latin Public Charter School and East Baltimore Community School.  She was responsible for sourcing, structuring, underwriting and closing deals, staffing the Investment Committee, and building the compliance and monitoring functions of the NMTC program. During her tenure at the bank, the NMTC portfolio grew to over $359 million assets under management and made over $370 million in qualified investments that leveraged $659.4 million in total development costs.

With nearly 50 years of experience in community development, Ms. Bibbs served as the Community Development executive at several banks. She previously served as a Senior Vice President/Managing Director, Cooperative and Community Development, at the National Cooperative Bank (NCB).  In that capacity, she developed products and services to promote the establishment of new cooperatively owned enterprises and managed community development services and investments in low income communities for the NCB family of companies.  Ms. Bibbs also served as the Community Reinvestment Officer.  Ms. Bibbs worked for First Union National Bank, now Wells Fargo, as a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Mid-Atlantic States in the Community Development Group.  She served for 11 years as the Senior Vice President for Community Development with Crestar Bank, now Truist, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan market, managing various aspects of community affairs including consumer compliance.  Her focus was regulatory affairs for the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending as well as media and government affairs, public service programs, employee community service and local corporate philanthropy.

Before entering the banking industry, Ms. Bibbs was the Administrator for the Development and Modernization Administration of the District of Columbia Public Housing Authority responsible for a $200 million capital budget and total rehabilitation of 2,500 units of public housing.  Early in her career, Ms. Bibbs worked in the nonprofit housing industry having served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Washington, D.C. and prior to that was Executive Director of the Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity in northern California.  She also worked for the National Council for Urban Economic Development, CUED, an economic development trade association in Washington, DC providing technical assistance to municipalities across the country.

Ms. Bibbs is well known in the banking and community development industry.  She was featured in a video developed by the national accounting firm to promote the impact of NMTC financed projects around the country, and a small business financing video jointly sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Boston.  She has served as the moderator and host for several Congressional tours sponsored by the CDFI Fund; presented testimony to the four banking regulators on behalf of the American Bankers Association regarding proposed CRA reform; is a frequent speaker on NMTC for local organizations such as FOCUS, Housing Association of Non Profit Developers (HAND), Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Community Development and the Community Development Bankers Association.  She has also conducted workshops for the FDIC and the OTS on community development and reinvestment and was a speaker for the annual meeting of the CDFI Fund Advisory Board.

Ms. Bibbs holds a Masters of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and a Masters of City Planning from Howard University, Washington, DC. She earned her undergraduate degree at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  Ms. Bibbs was a former Board member and is active with Women of Color in Community Development.  She has served as a judge for the HAND annual housing award competition, previously was a member of the Housing and Community Development Committee of the American Bankers Association, the Board of Directors of TruFund, Kipp DC Support Corporation and served on the Advisory Board of the Washington, DC LISC.  She served a long tenure as Chair of the Board of Mentors, Inc., was a Board member with Rebuilding Together (Christmas in April), the Community Development Support Collaborative and Community Preservation and Development Corporation, CPDC. 

Lori Glass is the Chief Lending Officer of the Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund.  She leads lending activities for affordable housing, community facility and New Markets Tax Credits projects located in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has over 20 years of experience in impact investing and program development.  Prior to joining NIIF, she was selected to build a new program at the Primary Care Development Corporation, a CDFI specializing in healthcare lending.  There she launched a program funded by New York State created to increase access to primary and behavioral health care in underserved markets.  From 2013-2016, she served as CEO for Appalachia Community Capital, a start-up loan fund established to leveraging grant capital, foundation PRIs and bank lending in order to support under-invested communities. From 2003-2011 she worked at the Reinvestment Fund, where she was a member of the management team, led key efforts to launch the healthy foods financing program, and worked as a local market director.   Lori serves as board member of the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund where she serves on the Loan Committee.

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.