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Novogradac 2018 Opportunity Zones Conference

Start Date:10/2/2018

Start Time:9:00 AM CDT

Duration:4 Hours


Price $299

Developers, investors and a wide variety of community development professionals are welcome to the first Novogradac Opportunity Zones Conference. This historic event will bring together a wide range of experts and newcomers to talk about America’s newest community development incentive. Now is an opportune time to expand your knowledge of the program and hear directly from industry experts–and you can do it remotely.

Watch conference general sessions live online and interact with panels that are geared to help you navigate opportunity zones:

  • an in-depth session on opportunity zones basics
  • insight on the state of the how we got here with the opportunity zones incentive and what’s coming
  • a look at what's happening in Washington

If you're already registered for the Novogradac 2018 Opportunity Zones Conference webcast, click below:



John Sciarretti

Novogradac & Company LLP

John Sciarretti is a partner in the Dover, Ohio, office of Novogradac & Company LLP, where he specializes in the real estate finance, community development and renewable energy industries. Mr. Sciarretti has extensive financial experience working with businesses, including more than 20 years in public accounting and four years as an executive financial manager. Mr. Sciarretti specializes in the historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC), new markets tax credit (NMTC) and the renewable energy credit (RETC). He consults with tax credit investors, syndicators, community development entities (CDE) and developers on structuring, financing and syndicating tax credits. His experience includes structuring complex financing for real estate developments and renewable energy transactions, including using NMTCs, HTCs, RETCs and other federal, state and local tax credits and incentives. Mr. Sciarretti has extensive experience in preparing financial forecasts for HTC, NMTC and RETC projects, as well as syndicated real estate investments. Mr. Sciarretti also provides a broad range of advisory services to CDEs, including transaction structuring, development and implementation of internal compliance policies and procedures, monthly loan servicing and asset management assistance, compliance review and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund reporting. He also advises clients on accounting, tax and regulatory matters. Mr. Sciarretti also leads and coordinates the Novogradac Opportunity Zones Working Group, a membership organization that is highly regarded for the work it does addressing technical programmatic issues surrounding the Opportunity Zones tax incentive. He has published many articles, contributes content to the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Mr. Sciarretti earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Akron. He is licensed as a certified public accountant in Ohio.

Greg Clements

Novogradac & Company LLP

Gregory Clements is a partner in the Dover, Ohio, office of Novogradac & Company LLP, where he specializes in new markets tax credits (NMTCs), renewable energy tax credits (RETCs) and historic tax credits (HTCs). Since joining the firm in 2004, he has worked closely with real estate developers, community development entities, syndicators and investors on structuring NMTC, RETC and HTC transactions in addition to providing traditional audit and tax services. Mr. Clements frequently speaks at industry conferences and seminars on topics related to the NMTC, HTC, and RETC industries. Mr. Clements earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. He is a licensed certified public accountant in Ohio.

Joseph Bredehoft

Husch Blackwell
As a member of Husch Blackwell’s financial services industry team, Joseph Bredehoft has extensive experience in state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits (HTCs) as well as state and federal new markets tax credits (NMTCs). In this capacity, Mr. Bredehoft works with developers, lenders, syndicators, community development entities, investors and other businesses in tax credit finance transactions throughout the country. Working out of St. Louis, Mr. Bredehoft uses his expertise to provide intelligent and efficient leadership in closing complex deals throughout the nation. In his practice, he handles everything from initial structuring concerns to the negotiation of business and legal issues throughout the transaction, as well as assisting clients’ post-closing issues and ongoing tax credit compliance requirements. His substantial experience includes investments involving both state and federal HTC and NMTC programs, as well as the development and redevelopment of projects ranging from office and retail properties in low-income communities to community facilities, hotels, factories and grocery stores. His thoughtful leadership enables clients to successfully accomplish their goals of maximizing both tax benefits and investment returns. Mr. Bredehoft is a sought-after and experienced attorney who frequently speaks on tax credit programs at conferences throughout the country. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and his juris doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Kristin DeKuiper

Holland & Knight

Kristin A. DeKuiper is a transactional attorney with broad experience in structuring partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures and with the tax and structuring issues that arise in tax credit transactions. She represents developers, community development entities (CDEs), investors and lenders in transactions nationwide involving low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), historic tax credits (HTCs) and new markets tax credits (NMTCs). Project types include commercial and residential real estate, assisted living developments, health care centers, schools, performing art centers and other community facilities. In addition, Ms. DeKuiper has significant experience in tax and business issues related to limited liability companies. She was a principal drafter of Rhode Island’s LLC statute and the regulations for Rhode Island's first state HTC program. Ms. DeKuiper was the American Bar Association liaison (Central and East European Law Initiative) to the Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava and Czechoslovakia from February through May 1992, where she rendered advice to the Slovak Ministry of Justice regarding the development and application of new business laws designed to implement the transition to a market economy. Ms. DeKuiper is a frequent speaker at meetings of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, Novogradac & Company LLP, CohnReznick and CLE courses sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association. Presentations have addressed limited liability companies, limited partnerships, partnership taxation, LIHTCs, NMTCs, HTCs, securities law and privatization in Eastern Europe.

Megan Riess

Fishman Haygood LLP

Steven Mount

Squire Patton Boggs

Steven Mount focuses his practice on tax credit financings, including new markets tax credit (NMTC), historic tax credit (HTC) and renewable energy tax credit (RETC) transactions. He also represents clients concerning partnership taxation and other real estate joint venture transactions, and issues concerning real estate investment trusts. He is a regular panelist at the Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference series, has authored a BNA portfolio on the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and is the author of several articles on REITs and other issues. He is also the author of the Bloomberg BNA portfolio on NMTCs. Mr. Mount is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers.

Daniel Kowalski

Counselor to the Secretary
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Daniel Kowalski currently serves as a Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury. In this role, Dan advises the Secretary regarding Treasury’s efforts to drive the Administration’s domestic policy agenda. His particular areas of focus are budget and fiscal policy; health, education and welfare policy; tax policy; and infrastructure policy. From June through November, 2016, Dan served in several roles in the Trump campaign in New York City with an emphasis on these domestic policy issues. Dan has 30 years of experience in fiscal policy at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Prior to Treasury, Kowalski was Deputy Staff Director of the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee. He also served as the Director of Budget Review for the Republican staff of the House Budget Committee. In those two positions, Dan helped shepherd several balanced budgets and reconciliation bills through the U.S. Congress. He started in Washington in 1995 with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as a Principal Analyst in the unit responsible for preparing CBO’s baseline budget projections. In state government, Dan worked as Director of the Legislative Budget Office for the Missouri General Assembly, and as the senior individual income tax analyst with the Republican staff of the Finance Committee for the New York State Senate. He started his career as a management analyst for the Deputy Commissioner for Audit in the New York City Department of Finance. Kowalski earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland

Michael Novogradac

Managing Partner
Novogradac & Company LLP

Michael Novogradac is the managing partner in the San Francisco office of Novogradac & Company LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience specializing in affordable housing, community development and renewable energy. Mr. Novogradac’s focus is in real estate taxation and accounting. He is the author of numerous real estate-related tax and accounting articles and books, including the New Markets Tax Credit Handbook and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Handbook. A frequent speaker at tax credit conferences and forums throughout the country, Mr. Novogradac is very active in advocating for the inclusion of affordable housing, historic, new markets and renewable energy tax credits in federal and state policy and broadcasts a weekly podcast that focuses on tax credit issues. In addition, he serves as advisor on industry and governmental affairs for the NMTC Working Group and the LIHTC Working Group. Mr. Novogradac also serves on the executive committee of the Housing Advisory Group and the boards of directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the National Housing Conference, the NMTC Coalition and Historic Tax Credit Coalition, as well as being an original member of the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Affordable Housing Committee. He previously served on the boards of directors of A Hand Up and the Berkeley Chess School, the board of governors of the California Housing Consortium, as an advisory board member of the National Leased Housing Association, the Federal Housing Policy Council and Housing and Development Reporter. He was also a member of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association NMTC Steering Committee, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Tax Policy Council and the California State Treasurer's Housing Finance Advisory Board, as well as a board member and chief financial officer of the Housing Industry Foundation. Mr. Novogradac graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California, Oregon, Maryland and Texas as a certified public accountant.

Steve Glickman

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Economic Innovation Group

Steve Glickman is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of EIG. He previously served as a senior economic advisor at the White House under President Barack Obama, special advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and counsel to former Congressman Henry Waxman. ________________________________________ Steve Glickman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Innovation Group, where he is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of EIG. Steve is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches on economic diplomacy and international trade in the Masters Program for the School of Foreign Service. He sits on the Board of Governors at Georgetown University and Board of Directors of NewDEAL, a national network of progressive state and local elected leaders. Steve previously served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2013, most recently as a senior economic advisor at the White House, where he focused on international trade and investment, financing, manufacturing, and small business policies for the National Economic Council and National Security Council. Earlier, Steve served as Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House, and Chief of Staff for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the Department of Commerce. Prior to his service in the Administration, Steve worked on Capitol Hill as Counsel to Chairman Henry Waxman on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and legislative aide to then-Congressman Ed Markey. He also served as a Trial Attorney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and as Investigative Counsel at the Democratic National Committee. Steve received his B.A. and M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University, J.D. from Columbia Law School, and LL.M. from the London School of Economics. He is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, Atlantic Council Millennium Fellow, and Truman National Security Fellow. Steve’s work has been featured in the Atlantic, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Chicago Tribune, CCTV, Daily Beast, The Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Hill, Inc., Los Angeles Times, Mashable, New York Times, NPR, Politico, Roll Call, San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, Telemundo, Time, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Vox, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Steve was born in Michigan, raised in California, and now lives with his wife, Christen, and their son, Elliott, in Washington, DC. He is a tireless fan of Chicago Cubs baseball, Georgetown Hoyas basketball, and Michigan Wolverines football.

John Lettieri

Co-Founder and President
Economic Innovation Group

John Lettieri leads EIG’s policy development, economic research, and legislative affairs efforts. Prior to joining EIG, he served in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, including as head of public policy for a leading trade association and aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. ________________________________________ John Lettieri is Co-founder and President of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG). He leads EIG’s policy development, economic research, and legislative affairs efforts to study and address regional inequality and the decline of economic dynamism in the United States. John's career in public policy has included time in both the public and private sectors working with a diverse set of policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and global business leaders. Prior to EIG, John was the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for a leading business association, the Organization for International Investment (OFII), where he led the organization's state and federal policy work on such issues as tax reform, trade, investment promotion, and manufacturing. Before joining OFII, John was Director of Public and Government Affairs for a global aerospace manufacturer. He previously served as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, who was then a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. John's commentary and research have been cited in the AP, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Daily Beast, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fox News, The Hill, NPR, New York Times, Time, USA Today, Vox, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. John is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he studied political science and global commerce. He serves on the Board of Regents at The Fund for American Studies, the Board of Directors for Lincoln Network, and the Board of Directors for Friends of the National Zoo. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.

Allison Woodbury

Allison Woodbury practices in the areas of federal income tax and state income, sales/use and other taxes, providing advice to individuals, private and public companies and taxexempt organizations at Stinson Leonard Street. She works primarily on transactions involving corporate, partnership and other business forms. Allison advises clients on the tax consequences of entity formation, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, financings, liquidations and day-to-day operations of the business. Allison helps structure tax-equity investments, focusing on those involved with the production and investment tax credits. Allison also handles federal and state tax controversies and litigation. She has experience representing clients at the audit and administrative appeal levels, as well as representing clients in tax court. Allison is a former co-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Allison began her legal career at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Large and Mid-Size Business Division, which deals exclusively with C corporations, S corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. At the Chief Counsel’s office, she provided tax law advice to revenue agents in audits and litigated tax court cases.
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