2020-2021 Training & Capacity Building Series



Here you will find a diverse mix of educational and cultivation offerings designed to equip HAND members with the technical tools and resources needed to bring thriving communities to fruition.

Be sure to check back often for the most up-to-date information on all trainings!

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September 2020

Higher Ground: Developing Affordable Housing & Community Facilities
in Partnership with Faith Communities

Date: September 15 | 9:00am – 12:30pm | Location: Zoom Webcast

Recent analysis by the Urban Institute revealed there are 800 vacant parcels owned by houses of worship in just four jurisdictions in the region that could potentially catalyze the development of between 49,000 and 109,000 units of housing. Join HAND, Enterprise Community Partners, and Goldstein Hall PLLC for an interactive session featuring affordable housing practitioners, clergy and lay leaders who have successfully partnered to develop affordable housing and community facilities across the Washington Region. The agenda will include a sharing of lessons learned by Enterprise and its partners during the first 14 years of the Faith Based Development Initiative, a special highlight from attorneys providing best practices for faith communities to ensure their interests are protected, case studies highlighting successful projects, and a candid panel discussion with experienced partners sharing insights on what it really takes to bring these projects to fruition.

Rev. David Bowers
Enterprise Community Partners
Sarah Constant
Mission First Housing Group
Edmund Delany
Capital One
Susan Etherton
Arlington Presbyterian Church
Matthew Hall
Goldstein Hall PLLC
 Rev. Dr. Leonard
Hamlin Sr.
Washington National Cathedral 
Jason Labate
Goldstein Hall PLLC
Kamilah McAfee
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Carmen Romero
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
 Pastor Patrice Sheppard
Lydia’s House
  John Welsh
Rev. Joseph K. Williams, Sr. Enterprise Community Partners Heather Raspberry




October 2020

Virtual Voter Drive

Date: October 26 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast
The voter drive will be streamed live via Zoom (access link to be provided in advance) and Facebook Live, so you can tap in from anywhere! 

With just days until the November election, the countdown is officially on! Civic engagement is a top priority for HAND and it starts with awareness, education, and participation. This year we are excited to be partnering with When We All Vote to maximize participation in the upcoming election. Further, HAND is committed to placing racial equity at the center of all that we do. We all know the hard-fought struggles to gain voting rights for minorities, and even today voter suppression runs rampant. HAND is grateful for all of our members who have been leaning in and hosting Get out the Vote drives at your properties – together we are empowering all of our neighbors at the polls!

Join us on October 26 from 5-6:30pm for HAND’s Virtual Voter Drive! We’ll get together virtually to make sure our networks have a plan to vote, discuss the importance of voting, and hear from very special guests including Shawn Yancy (formerly of FOX5 DC), Raisa Johnson (National Housing Trust) and Stacy Spann (Housing Opportunities Commission)! Throughout the program guests will have an opportunity to text, email and get the word out on social media to as many eligible voters as possible, to the tunes of DJ CheickMeOut!

Shawn Yancy
Journalist (Formerly FOX5 DC), 
President & Founder,
Girls’ Night Out by Shawn Yancy
Raisa Johnson
Resident Services Director,
National Housing Trust

Stacy Spann
Executive Director,
Housing Opportunities Commission

Live music by
DJ CheickMeOut!


How to Testify to Support the DC Comp Plan Update

Date: October 27 | 4:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Do you support the DC Comprehensive Plan update? Would you love tips on how to testify effectively?
If the answer is “yes,” join HAND and its partners in the DC Housing Priorities Coalition on October 27! This training is for supporters who want to help get the DC Comprehensive Plan update passed by the DC Council as soon as possible (the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2020 B23-0736). The session will help participants understand what the Comp Plan update is, why it’s important, and tips on providing a winning testimony.


HAND Activation: A Dialogue with Prince George’s County

Date: October 28 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Within the last several months, we have found ourselves in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has exacerbated the need to serve our most vulnerable communities, and forced us to reimagine what the post-pandemic future of our region will look like. Specifically, housing affordability has never been more urgent. In October 2019, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) established regional housing targets, adding to the calls for the region to collaboratively address the housing affordability challenge. We commend COG for this historic milestone and echo the importance of working in alignment as HAND prepares for the launch of the Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) – a digital platform that will provide the most up-to-date information on housing production and preservation across the region. 
Though we operate as a membership collective, we recognize that there are unique nuances across jurisdiction lines. Leading up to the HIT launch, HAND will host a number of Activations to drill down on updates from individual jurisdictions, and to keep our members abreast of how they can best partner with leaders to create and preserve affordable housing. This virtual program will be an opportunity for Prince George’s County leadership to share their vision for affordable housing and economic development, and for industry practitioners to provide insights on their plans to support this vision. Confirmed speakers include:


Prince George’s County Officials

Derrick Leon Davis
Prince George’s 
County Council
Dannielle Glaros
Prince George’s 
County Council

Angie Rodgers

Deputy CAO for 
Economic Development,
Office of the Prince George’s 
County Executive

Rev. David Bowers

VP & Market Leader, 
Enterprise Community Partners


Industry Practitioners

Vicki Davis

Managing Partner &
Urban Atlantic

Jair Lynch
President & CEO, 
Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

Derrick Perkins

SVP and Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Michael Bodaken

Bodaken & Associates

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $150.


Register Today!



November 2020

Regional Housing Webinar and Playbook Launch

Date: November 17 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Greater Washington has seen genuine momentum around housing as a common priority, including regional targets endorsed by area elected officials and new public, private, and philanthropic investments in housing production and preservation. But despite this progress and a general awareness of our housing challenges, many area leaders and residents have not been united around a compelling message for how to address these challenges.

To build institutional and public will, COG and our partners joined together this year to co-sponsor cutting-edge research to develop a Playbook to help message, frame, and communicate clearly and effectively about housing, which has become even more essential in this time of uncertainty and change.

On November 17, we invite you to join us for the release of the Playbook and a larger interactive conversation about the state of regional housing affordability across sectors and geographies.

  • Playbook author, Dr. Tiffany Manuel of The Case Made, will present key findings from her focus group research, overarching messaging themes, as well as Do’s and Don’ts for every CEO, elected official, policy wonk, or communications professional.
  • A panel of area leaders including A.J. Jackson, JBG Smith; Christian Dorsey, Arlington County Board and the COG Board of Directors; and Heather Raspberry, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) will discuss how enhanced messaging can help advance their housing priorities.
  • Peter Tatian of the Urban Institute will provide an overview on current trends in regional housing, with a focus on COVID-19 impacts and racial equity.

Christian Dorsey
 Arlington County Board; 
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board

A.J. Jackson
Executive Vice President, Social Impact Investing,
JBG Smith

Dr. Tiffany Manuel
President & CEO,

Heather Raspberry,
Executive Director,
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)

Peter Tatian
Senior Fellow,
The Urban Institute; 
Research Director,
Urban–Greater DC


December 2020

HAND & NHT Host Building Energy Performance Standards Workshop

Date: December 3 | 10:00am – 12:00 pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Did you know all multi-family buildings larger than 10,000 square feet will be required to meet DC’s new Building Energy Performance Standards?
HAND and the National Housing Trust (NHT) are pleased to continue its series of stakeholder convenings on DC’s new Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). In 2019, HAND & NHT brought together our members and partners to discuss the potential impacts of BEPS on affordable housing, and develop implementation recommendations for the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).  Join us on December 3, 2020 as we continue this important dialogue with a slate of experts and industry leaders who are engaged in the rollout of the proposed rules. This session is designed to:
  • Ensure that participants understand the proposed rules for implementing BEPS and how their buildings will be impacted;
  • Solicit feedback from participants on the proposed rules; 
  • Connect participants to resources that are available to help them ensure their buildings will comply with the requirements; and
  • Brainstorm continued learning opportunities to address participants’ priority concerns.
Confirmed speakers include:

Lindsay Falasca
DC Innovation HUB

Michael Feldman-Wiencek
Program Analyst,
DC Department of Energy & Environment

Ravi Malhotra
Founder & President,

Ted Trabue
DC Sustainable Energy Utility

Donald Walker
Director of Operations,
DC Green Bank

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

Register Today!


District of Columbia & Montgomery County Green Banks Present CLEER Financing Program

Date: December 15 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

In July 2015, Montgomery County became the first county in the nation to create a green bank. Three years later, Mayor Bowser signed the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2018, officially making Washington, DC the first city in the United States to establish a green bank. Although they represent different jurisdictions, both are missioned to to accelerate energy efficiency improvements and the deployment of clean energy technology by leveraging private investment. Join HAND on December 15 to learn about an effective financing option to support our region’s sustainability goals. The Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables Program (CLEER Program) is available to both for-profit and nonprofit commercial property or business owners. Eligible properties include multi-family rental apartments (five or more units), houses of worship, planned unit developments (PUDs) and cooperatives, among others. Participants can expect an informative dialogue with representatives from DC Green Bank, Montgomery County Green Bank and other key industry partners. Confirmed speakers include:

Tom Deyo
Chief Executive Officer,
Montgomery County Green Bank

Eli Hopson
Chief Executive Officer,
DC Green Bank

Additional speakers to be announced!

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

Register Today!


2020 Holiday Mixer

Date: December 17 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join HAND for its annual Holiday Mixer on December 17.We’re gathering virtually this year, but we still have the same opportunities for you to connect with colleagues while celebrating HAND members who are working to create thriving communities across the Washington metropolitan region. Join us for an evening of networking, games, special giveaways and even a signature cocktail!

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

Register Today!


January 2021

Educate & Activate | Northern Virginia

Date: January 26 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


February 2021

Environmental Justice

Date: February 3 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


Housing Indicator Tool Launch

Date: February 24 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


March 2021

HIT Activation | Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Date: March 3 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


HAND & NHT Host Building Energy Performance Standards Workshop

Date: March 18 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


Operationalizing Racial Equity Through Access to Capital

Date: March 23 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


April 2021

HIT Activation | Montgomery County Activation

Date: April 7 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


HIT Activation | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Date: April 21 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


May 2021

A Racial Equity Agenda for the Washington Region

Date: May 6 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


HIT Educate & Activate | For Elected & Staff Only

Date: May 18 | 9:00am – 3:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

More details to come.


June 2021

HAND 30th Anniversary Event Series

Date: June 11 | 9:00am – 2:00pm | Virtual Conference & Expo | Location: Virtual Webcast
Date: June 11 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | Anniversary Soiree| Location: Omni Shoreham Garden
Date: June 12 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm | HAND in the Park| Location: TBA


Virtual Conference & Expo

Hear from industry thought leaders, recognize the region’s most outstanding and innovative housing developments and get your virtual business cards ready!

Anniversary Soiree

Celebrating all that we’ve achieved over the last three decades, the event will take place in the gardens overlooking Rock Creek Park.
An evening to remember!

HAND in the Park
We’ll cap the event series with HAND in the Park. Grab the family and join us for some delicious BBQ with a side of fun!

July 2021


August 2021


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