We are pleased to announce that Carol Galante, Acting FHA Commissioner for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be the keynote speaker for our 6th National Housing Symposium on affordable-housing development on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Leading professionals in the industry will explore topics in affordable-housing development (please see below for an updated list of faculty).

Who should attend?

The event will be worthwhile for developers, investors, syndicators, lenders, and representatives of governmental agencies.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  |  Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM   |  Program Sessions
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  |  Networking Reception


  • Keynote Speaker: Carol Galante, Acting FHA Commissioner for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Challenges of Underwriting and Preserving Housing Development: The Debt and Equity Perspective
  • Building Better Communities: Linking Housing with Education, Health, Transit, and More
  • Predictions for the Future of Housing Finance: Looking at the GSEs, FHA, Bonds, and Other Financing Tools
  • Heard from the Hill: The Latest from House and Senate Committee Members

A networking reception with industry leaders will follow our sessions. If you are unable to join us for the program, please feel free to stop by for the reception.

Conference Co-Chairs

Sharon Wilson Géno, Ballard Spahr LLP
Ryan R. Warburton, Ballard Spahr LLP

faculty (as of November 1, 2011)

Thom Amdur, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
Richard Barnhart, Pennrose Properties, LLC
Caroline Clayton, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Monique Y. DeLapenha, Ballard Spahr LLP
Michael Duffy, McCormack Baron
Nakea Fuller, Philadelphia Housing Authority
Alan Fair, Hunt Capital Partners
Carol Galante, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mary Jo George, Ballard Spahr LLP
Kim Griffith, Freddie Mac
Gerald Hunter, Idaho Housing Finance Association 
Bernie Husser, The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation
Ellen O’Brien Kauffmann, Ballard Spahr LLP
Gail Laster, U.S. House of Representatives, House Financial Services 
David Leopold, Bank of America
Michael Novogradac, Novogradac & Company LLP
Catherine Pharis, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association
Scot Spencer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Continuing Legal Education

This program offers 6 substantive Pennsylvania CLE credits. Uniform Certificates of Attendance will be available for the purpose of obtaining CLE credit from other jurisdictions.


A limited number of rooms are available at the reduced rate of $329 for single occupancy at the Willard InterContinental Washington, located directly across the street from the Reagan Center. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel:

Willard InterContinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

For reservations, call 800.827.1747 by October 19, 2011, or click here to reserve a room. Mention the Ballard Spahr conference, group code JOB, to receive the discounted rate. For information about the hotel, click here. Regular rates apply after October 19, 2011.


Event Contacts

Jennifer Boehm
Regional Marketing Manager
Tel 410.528.5684

Lora Burns
Events Coordinator
Tel 215.864.8252