HAND’s 26th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo

June 20, 2017

Omni Shoreham Hotel & Conference Center,
Washington, DC

HAND’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Housing Expo was one for the books! Themed “Beyond Gentrification, Toward Equitable Communities,” this year’s conference convened the largest gathering of affordable housing and community development professionals in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

The day launched with its morning Plenary session hosted by HAND and the Housing Leaders Group, titled “Gentrification in Washington and the Surrounding Region: Causes, Consequences, and Equitable Growth Strategies.” This dynamic program featured an informative presentation and robust discussion on the hot topic of gentrification with industry leaders from across the region. There was also no shortage of networking as the Housing Expo included its first ever Networking Power Hour hosted by Generation HAND! The Expo hall was chock-full of exhibitors from across our industry. The day closed with the signature Awards Luncheon, which included a candid Fireside Chat with five of the region’s premier affordable housing thought leaders. The luncheon also honored the extraordinary work of our Housing Achievement Awardees and Children’s Art Contest winners.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, members, partners and guests who played a role in this year’s Annual Meeting & Housing Expo. We look forward to you joining us again next year!

Have you seen HAND’s feature in the
Washington Business Journal?

Economic Engines are Powered by Housing

Major challenges can present great opportunities. Such is the case with the housing market in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Families with earnings on the higher end of the economic spectrum may experience some discomfort, but ultimately find a place to call home that they can afford. The same is not true for many other families in and around Maryland, Virginia and the District whose limited economic power gives them far less leverage in the market. For these renters and homebuyers, this region is still in the midst of a housing crisis.

Head to page 37 to check it out!

ICYMI: Watch the Fireside Chat!

Congratulations to the 2017 Housing Achievement Award Recipients!

Nonprofit Developer of the Year:

Wesley Housing Development Corporation

Best Large Affordable Housing Project:

Sheridan Station, William C. Smith

Best Small Affordable Housing Project:

Girard Street Senior Apartments,
The Menkiti Group & Dantes Partners

Best Housing Partner:

Prince George’s County Kentland/Palmer Park Transforming
Neighborhoods Initiative

Emerging Leader:

Kia Weatherspoon, President, Determined By Design

Congratulations to the 2017 Children’s Art Contest Winners!


Fatmata Marah and Tiwalade Taylor, Humphrey Management

2017 HAND Annual Meeting & Housing Expo Photos

HAND Annual Meeting 2017

This year’s event photos include a collection of images of the awards luncheon, expo and plenary session. Feel free to download a personal copy of the images and share on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms!

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2017 Annual Meeting & Housing Expo!


8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Housing Expo

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
HAND & Housing Leaders Group Present “Gentrification in Washington and the Surrounding Region: Causes, Consequences, and Equitable Growth Strategies”

This plenary included a presentation detailing historical changes to the region’s housing landscape followed by two panel discussions on the benefits, unintended consequences and response to gentrification; and communication strategies and market tools to support and ensure equitable development outcomes for communities. Panelists represented a diverse set of sectors, expertise, and perspectives:



Bob Buchanan
Buchanan Partners


Sarah Constant
Managing Director
Mission First Housing Group


Don Edwards
Justice & Sustainability Associates


Dr. Leonard Hamlin
Sr. Pastor
Macedonia Baptist Church


Derek Hyra
Metropolitan Policy Center at American University


Tiffany Manuel
Vice President
Enterprise Community Partners


Renee J. Nash
Director of News & Public Affairs


Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden
Office of the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity


Stacy Spann
Executive Director
Housing Opportunities Commission


Lisa Sturtevant
Lisa Sturtevant & Associates


Aja Taylor
Advocacy Director
Bread for the City


Kerrie Wilson

Bob Youngentob

Bob Youngentob
Co-Founder & President/CCO

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Generation HAND Hosts Networking Power Hour

You asked and we listened! Hosted by Generation HAND, this time in our agenda was specifically planned for guests to connect with friends, colleagues and partners in our industry.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Awards Luncheon
Featuring Fireside Chat with Thought Leaders

Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future:
Housing and Community Development at the Crossroads


David Bowers
Vice President


Tom Bozzuto
The Bozzuto Group


Priya Jayachandran
Volunteers of America

Michael Pitchford

J. Michael Pitchford
President & CEO


Diane Yentel
President & CEO National Low Income Housing Coalition

Thank you to our 2017 HAND Housing Achievement Awards Judges!

Marie Bibbs, Retired Bank Executive

Marie Bibbs
MB2 Consulting


Joe Molinaro
National Association of REALTORS®


Jim Taylor

Thank you to our Door Prize Sponsors!

Miner Feinstein Architects
$250 Volt Restaurant gift card

Barcode Restaurant
$100 gift card

Boston Capital
$200 Maine Lobster Direct gift certificate

Love Funding
$100 Visa gift card

4 Washington Nationals tickets

$100 Visa gift card

Harkins Builders
$150 Visa gift card

Bozzuto Construction Company
Apple Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds

Cuz Events, LLC
Kate Spade necklace & earrings

Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
GoPro Hero Camera

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Weekend getaway for two guests
(two nights and breakfast for one morning)

A Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

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Tribute Sponsors

AHC, Inc.
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Community Preservation Development Corporation
H Street Community Development Corporation
Housing Initiative Partnership
Maryland DHCD
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Mission First Housing Group
NHP Foundation
PGIM Real Estate Finance
Quantum Real Estate Management, LLC
Reno & Cavanaugh
Victory Housing
Washington Gas
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
William C. Smith
Zavos Architecture+Design, LLC

 Table Sponsors

AHC, Inc.
AHD, Inc.
Arlington County, Housing Division
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Ballard Spahr
Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.
Bank of America (2)
Bocarsly Eden Cowan Esmail & Arndt  LLP
Bozzuto Construction
Capital One (2)
Citi (2)
City of Alexandria, Office of Housing
City First Bank
CohnReznick LLP
Community Preservation Development Corporation (2)
Conifer Realty, LLC
Dantes Partners
DC Department of Housing and Community Development
DC Housing Finance Agency
Enterprise Community Partners (2)
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
Gallagher Evelius & Jones
Gilbane Development Company
Grimm & Parker Architects
Habitat America, LLC
Hamel Builders, Inc.
Harkins Builders, Inc.
Hertzbach & Company
Hessel Aluise and Neun, PC
Homes for America, Inc.
Hord Coplan Macht
Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Opportunities Commission
Housing Up
H Street Community Development Corporation
Humphrey Management
JDC Construction
John Marshall Bank
KGD Architecture
Klein Hornig LLP (2)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Love Funding
Low Income Investment Fund
Maryland DHCD
McCormack Baron Salazar
Mi Casa, Inc.
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Miner Feinstein Architects
Mission First Housing Group
Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Montgomery Housing Partnership
NCBA Housing Development Corporation
New Communities
NHP Foundation
NHT- Enterprise Preservation Corporation
Nixon Peabody
Novogradac & Company LLP
Pennrose Properties
PGIM Real Estate Finance
PNC (2)
Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development
Quantum Real Estate Management, LLC
Raymond James Tax Credit Funds
Reno & Cavanaugh
SCG Development Partners, LLC
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
Somerset Development Company, LLC
Southway Builders, Inc.
TD Bank
Telesis Corporation
The Michaels Organization
Urban Atlantic Holdings, LLC
Victory Housing
Virginia Community Development Corporation
VHDA (2)
Volunteers of America
Washington Gas
Wells Fargo
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners
WC Smith
Zavos Architecture+Design, LLC