Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors are pleased to announce our fourth annual Western Housing Conference.  

Please join us for an early morning roundtable discussion about the benefits and limitations of public finance tools in addressing significant infrastructure costs and other local funding needs associated with large-scale affordable housing development efforts. Beginning at 8 a.m., Gene Slater and Scott Smith of CSG Advisors will explore HOPE SF, D.C.'s New Communities Initiative, and other efforts that often are subject to changing tax increment financing and other rules.

Our day also will include keynote speaker Carol Galante, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing, and a Washington update—all the latest insights on legislation and policy from Capitol Hill. Our panels throughout the day will include:

  • Working with RAD

As RAD deals begin to work their way through the HUD approval process, we are gaining new insights about financing tools, legal considerations, and how best to facilitate successful closings and use RAD to transform communities into sustainable neighborhoods. This panel will explore these issues and the future of RAD, given the congressional cap on the number of units eligible for conversion. 

  • Finance

This panel will explore three federal programs related to financing affordable housing development: EB-5, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and the FHA Tax Credit Pilot (TCP). The EB-5 program raised more than $1 billion from international investors last year; how can it be used for affordable housing? How do CRA considerations really affect affordable housing lenders and tax credit investors, and what is the significance of recent guideline changes? Finally, the FHA TCP reached its second birthday earlier this year—is it a terrible two, or a terrific two? 

  • Strategic Shifts

This panel will discuss staying true to mission while responding to the rapidly changing economic and political climate of affordable housing. Developers, housing authorities, and others offer their perspectives on their approach and lessons learned regarding strategic shifts in their business model. These shifts involve acquiring new skill sets, managing new assets or people, finding new ways of doing business, or making other fundamental organizational changes.


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM | Preconference Roundtable
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Program
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Networking Reception

Conference Chairs

Nicole Graham, CSG Advisors

John Hamilton, CSG Advisors

Kim Mondelli, CSG Advisors

Eric J. Olson, CSG Advisors

Ryan R. Warburton, Ballard Spahr

Faculty (as of march 18, 2014) 

Douglas K. Auslander, Citi Community Capital

Jacob B. Carlton, Ballard Spahr

Theodore S. Chandler, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

Michael Duarte, Fresno Housing Authority

Chris Estes, National Housing Conference

Carol Galante, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Sarah Garland, PNC Real Estate

Sharon Wilson Géno, Ballard Spahr

Bernard Husser, The Richman Group

Tim Jones, Richmond Housing Authority (CA)

Debbie A. Klis, Ballard Spahr

David Lacki, Lancaster Pollard

Amy M. McClain, Ballard Spahr

Edgar S. Morales, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Cynthia A. Parker, BRIDGE Housing

Gene Slater, CSG Advisors

Scott Smith, CSG Advisors

Mitzie V. Smith-Mack, Ballard Spahr

Dan Watson, King County Housing Authority

Teresa Yanga, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to developers, investors, syndicators, lenders, and governmental agencies that are developing affordable housing in the West.

Program and Registration

This is a complimentary all-day seminar followed by a cocktail reception. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees are responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.

For more information, contact Jennifer D. Boehm at or Shellee E. Buchanan at

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Program Contacts

Jennifer D. Boehm

Shellee E. Buchanan