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Partners for Housing Conference

Monday, April 7, 2014

Government officials, leaders of non-profit housing and community development organizations, private developers, and heads of private, quasi-public, and philanthropic organizations will discuss the efforts partnerships make to increase and preserve the supply of affordable housing; the challenges they encounter; and the changes they deem necessary to increase their impact.

The Conference is open to Clark students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to people involved in policy-making, implementation, financing and advocacy for affordable housing in the New England region.

Registration is free but spaces are limited. To guarantee a space be sure to register by March 10th.

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Conference Schedule

8:45–9:15 a.m.
Registration in the Higgins University Center

9:15–10:15 a.m.
Welcoming remarks by:

Clark University President David Angel and Conference Chair Sharon Perlman Krefetz, the Klein Distinguished Professor

Talk by Keynote Speaker Jennifer Ho
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Session 1: Policies and Programs that encourage and support Housing Partnerships

Chair: Deborah Martin, Associate Professor of Geography


  • Eric Belsky, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
  • Barbara Fields, Administrator of HUD's New England Regional Office
  • Joe Kriesberg, President of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC)
  • Adam Gordon, Staff Attorney at the New Jersey Fair Share Housing Center

12:00–1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Talk by Keynote Speaker Dan Letendre
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Lending & Investing Executive for the Bank of America and Chair of the Board of the Low Income Investment Fund

Introduced by Clark University Provost Davis Baird

1:30–3:00 p.m.
Session 2: "Money Matters" — Public, quasi-public, private, and philanthropic sources of funds

Chair: John Brown, Professor of Economics and Mosakowski Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow


  • Clark Ziegler, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership
  • Patricia Belden, Managing Director of Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH)
  • Larry Curtis, President and Managing Partner of WinnDevelopment
  • Noel Eisenstat, Principal of Noel Eisenstat, LLC Consulting and member of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

3:15–4:45 p.m.
Session 3: "On the Ground and in the Trenches"— Planning, building, and maintaining affordable housing

Chair: Ramon Borges-Mendez, Associate Professor of International Development, Community, and Environment


  • Peter Elkowitz, President and CEO of the Long Island Housing Partnership
  • Lydia Pastuszek, Sudbury, MA Housing Commissioner and trustee of Sudbury's Housing Trust
  • Steve Teasdale, Executive Director of the Main South CDC, Worcester, MA
  • Grace Carmack, Executive Director of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA)

5:00–5:45 p.m.
Talk by Keynote Speaker Aaron Gornstein,
Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Introduced by Jim Gomes, Executive Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

5:45–6:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Reception