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Novogradac 2018 RAD Public Housing Conference

Start Date:4/26/2018

Start Time:9:00 AM EDT

Duration:3.5 Hours



The Novogradac 2018 RAD Public Housing Conference focuses on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

With the FY 2018 omnibus spending bill extending RAD to 2024 and raising the public housing cap to 455,000 units, now is an opportune time to expand your knowledge of the program and hear directly from industry experts. 

Watch conference general sessions live online and interact with panels that are geared to help you navigate RAD and public housing, including:

  • an in-depth session on RAD basics
  • insight on the state of the RAD program, what’s coming in 2018 and how to prepare for the future during the keynote address from Tom Davis, Director, Office of Recapitalization, HUD
  • a look at what's happening in Washington

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Thomas R. Davis

Presenting: Keynote Address
Director, Office of Recapitalization, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Bio: Tom Davis is the Director of the Office of Recapitalization, within HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs. Prior to joining HUD, Tom was SVP of Recap Real Estate Advisors where he led the firm’s affordable housing consulting practice. Prior to Recap, Tom began his career in private practice at Morrison & Foerster, specializing in affordable housing, LIHTC, real estate and environmental issues. He next joined the Office of General Counsel at The Community Builders, Inc., a multi-state non-profit affordable housing owner and developer. Subsequent to The Community Builders, Tom joined Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., where he built the organization’s asset management systems to appropriately steward a multi-jurisdiction real estate portfolio. Throughout his career, Tom has integrated his experience in an effort to maximize the value of affordable housing – as homes and as a platform from which to offer resources which families can access to achieve their own success.

Jessie Cassella

Presenting: RAD Basics
Attorney, National Housing Law Project

Jessie is a Staff Attorney in NHLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Her work focuses on saving existing affordable housing in urban and rural communities and protecting low-income tenants’ rights. She provides training, technical assistance, policy advocacy, and litigation assistance regarding challenges facing tenants in HUD housing programs, the implementation and enforcement of tenants’ rights under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, and the long-term affordability of housing subsidized by HUD and the USDA. Jessie first joined NHLP in 2015 as a Ralph Abascal Fellow sponsored by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to working at NHLP, Jessie clerked at NHLP and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Before law school, Jessie was a City Hall Fellow at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Holly Knight

Presenting: RAD Basics
Principal, BGC Advantage

Holly Knight started her commitment to serving low income families as a volunteer in public housing at a Boys and Girls Club in central Louisiana teaching drug free programs. She began working in conjunction with public housing authorities on youth programs as well as tenant and resident association programs to assist with self-sufficiency and address welfare reform efforts. During this time she wrote and received funding for public housing authority programs through multiple HUD Tenant Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (TOPS) programs and grants, Public Housing Drug Elimination (PHDEP) grants, welfare reform grants, Department of Justice grants, and foundation proposals.

Matthew Rooney

Presenting: RAD Basics
Chief Executive Officer, MDG Design + Construction

Bio: Matthew Rooney is chief executive officer of MDG Design + Construction. Mr. Rooney was driven to the affordable housing industry through the stories of displaced residents throughout New York City; he aims to preserve and create housing to maintain an economically diverse city. MDG Design + Construction is a leading real estate firm that develops, constructs and manages quality affordable housing. MDG specializes in the moderate rehabilitation and new construction of residential apartment buildings in New York City and Long Island, N.Y., and is the industry leader in occupied rehabilitations. For nearly 30 years, MDG’s hands-on approach and people-first philosophy has resulted in effective collaborations with developers, tenant organizations, community groups and staff to produce high-quality homes in which residents are proud to live. MDG has created or preserved more than 17,000 units of affordable housing and is responsible for nearly $1.6 billion in construction and development.

Rich Larsen

Moderating: RAD Basics
Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP

Richard M. Larsen is a partner in the Toms River, N.J., office of Novogradac & Company LLP. Mr. Larsen’s area of focus is the affordable housing industry with a particular expertise in auditing public housing authorities and their affiliate entities. Mr. Larsen’s experience includes assisting public housing authorities with submitting their annual financial statements to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) and implementing various HUD programs, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and Asset Management. Mr. Larsen also services clients who participate in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program as well as numerous HUD multifamily housing programs. Mr. Larsen is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NJNAHRO) and the New Jersey Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (NJAHRA).

Orlando Cabrera

Presenting: The HUD/Washington Report
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory

Orlando Cabrera advises clients on successfully navigating complex affordable housing matters. Mr. Cabrera has significant experience with HUD regulatory matters (including Native American housing issues), housing finance agency issues, low-income housing tax credits, private activity bonds, debt financing, non-federal state financing and tribal financing programs, and general real estate. He served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing at HUD from late 2005 to 2008. As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Cabrera oversaw the administration of a $24 billion program, which included public housing, Section 8 vouchers, moderate rehabilitation and most federal housing programs for Native American tribes nationwide. Prior to his role at HUD, Mr. Cabrera served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. During his tenure at Florida Housing, he also served on the Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

Priya Jayachandran

Presenting: The HUD/Washington Report
President, National Housing Trust

Patrick Costigan

Presenting: The HUD/Washington Report
Senior Vice President, RAD Collaborative/CF Housing Group

Peter Lawrence

Moderating: The HUD/Washington Report
Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Novogradac & Company LLP

Bio: Prior to joining Novogradac & Company, Mr. Lawrence was the senior director of public policy and government affairs for Enterprise Community Partners where he led the execution of Enterprise’s policy and advocacy agenda. While at Enterprise, he helped found the Affordable Rental Housing A.C.T.I.O.N. (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) Campaign. He has served on the board of directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition. Previously, Mr. Lawrence was a legislative and policy associate at the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Mr. Lawrence also was a housing policy analyst for the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities, a congressional fellow for Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island in his capacity as the Ranking Member of the Senate Housing and Transportation Subcommittee and a presidential management fellow for the Office of Policy Development & Research at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.


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