We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Benson F. “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, an alliance of leading banks and mission-driven capital providers for affordable housing and underserved communities. Over his career, Mr. Roberts has helped to create the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the New Markets Tax Credit, the HOME housing partnerships program, the Capital Magnet Fund, a Treasury-HUD partnership to finance affordable rental housing, and bond guarantees for Community Development Financial Institutions. In addition, our conference panels have been updated with additional speakers.

Please join us for Ballard Spahr's 10th Annual National Housing Symposium: A Decade of Housing Innovations and Foundations for the Future.

Enjoy lively and engaging discussions with nationally recognized affordable housing leaders and innovators.

Explore how the various housing pieces fit together to create cutting-edge financing and development solutions.


Learn about the recent trends and industry developments that are defining the future of affordable, sustainable housing projects. Our day will include the popular Heard on the Hill discussion as well as engaging panel presentations, including:

  • Fair Housing and Disparate Impact: Its Effect on Affordable Housing
    This panel will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on disparate impact discrimination in the Inclusive Communities case and the probable consequences for low-income housing developers and public housing authorities.
  • Innovative Approaches to Supportive Housing
    This panel will discuss innovative approaches to combining housing with service delivery to veterans, the homeless, persons with autism, and others.
  • Foundations of Financing for the Future
    This panel will discuss the various existing and emerging tools for financing affordable housing, including tax credits, RAD, and GSE programs. Learn what might be possible for your project and how to make it work.

Conference Chairs

Molly R. Bryson, Team Leader, Tax Credits
Ryan R. Warburton, Team Leader, Housing Bonds

Faculty (as of October 29, 2015)

Emily Allison, Duvernay + Brooks LLC
Thom Amdur, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
Christopher D. Bell, Ballard Spahr
Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust
A.J. Caputo, Clark Realty Capital
Elliot Frank, Autism Housing Development Corporation of Pittsburgh
Bernard Fulton, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Brian Gage, Houston Housing Authority
Sharon Wilson Géno, Volunteers of America
Amy M. Glassman, Ballard Spahr
Angela Kelcher, Fannie Mae
Patrick Sheridan, Volunteers of America
Michael W. Skojec, Ballard Spahr
Shaun K. Smith, Freddie Mac
Theodore K. Toon, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Kim Wilford, Salt Lake City Housing Authority
Carl Wise, Alden Torch Financial
Nicholas Wyatt, U.S. Senate Committee

Contributing Sponsors

Thank you to our contributing sponsors Brawner & Company and Duvernay + Brooks LLC.

Who should attend?

The Symposium will be worthwhile for developers, investors, syndicators, lenders, and governmental agencies that are developing, financing, and operating affordable housing.

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.


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


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Jennifer D. Boehm at boehmj@ballardspahr.com or Lisa M. Cheresnowsky at cheresnowskyl@ballardspahr.com.

Event Materials

Related Practices

Housing Bonds
Real Estate
Tax Credits