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Next-Generation Innovations in Housing Affordability

The US housing market finds itself at a pivotal moment: an acute housing supply shortage of about 4 million units coupled with historic home price appreciation have led to a crisis in affordability. At the same time, policymakers and industry leaders have responded with significant proposals and innovations to overcome these challenges.

Join the Urban Institute and Ivory Innovations for a half-day symposium featuring dialogue with the 2022 winners and top 10 finalists of the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. The Ivory Prize, organized by Ivory Innovations, is an annual award recognizing ambitious, feasible, and scalable solutions to housing affordability. Innovators include small- and large-scale companies, nonprofit organizations, and government entities. Their solutions for housing affordability combine elements of construction and design, finance, and policy and regulatory reform that are catalyzing new approaches to drive the housing sector forward.


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This event is available for in-person or virtual participation. Please be sure to register correctly. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster shot, is required to attend this event in-person. Please be prepared to show proof of your vaccinations upon arrival. In-person check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m.  

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email  [email protected]  if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

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Date & Time Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024-2131
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Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Opening remarks
  • Laurie Goodman, Institute Fellow, and Founder, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Clark Ivory, Chief Executive Officer, Ivory Homes
Financial Innovations Driving Housing Affordability
  • John Green, Managing Principal, Blackstar Stability
  • Abby Ivory, Managing Director, Ivory Innovations
  • David Kemper, Chief Executive Officer, Trust Neighborhoods
  • John Liss, Chief Executive Officer, True Footage
  • Laurie Goodman, Institute Fellow, and Founder, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)
Innovations in Housing Policy and Regulatory Reform
  • Cassie Arnaud, Senior Housing Planner, Community Development Department, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jenna Louie, Director of Strategy and Operations, Ivory Innovations
  • Mark Martin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Build UP
  • Sam Prater, Founder, Los Angeles Room & Board
  • Sam Quinney, Director, The Lab @ DC
  • Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (moderator)
Increasing Housing Supply through Construction and Design Innovation
  • Vaughan Buckley, Chief Executive Officer, Volumetric Building Companies
  • Clark Ivory, Chief Executive Officer, Ivory Homes
  • Pavan Iyer, Founder and Architect, eightvillage
  • Greg Leung, Chief Executive Officer, Connect Homes
  • Carol Galante, Founder and Advisor, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, University of California, Berkeley (moderator)
Biden Administration’s Action to Close the Racial Homeownership Gap
  • Julia R. Gordon, Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tangible Actions to Close the Racial Homeownership Gap
  • Nikitra Bailey, Executive Vice President, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Jung Hyun Choi, Senior Research Associate, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Michael Neal, Principal Research Associate, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Christopher Tyson, President, National Community Stabilization Trust
  • Janneke Ratcliffe, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)
Networking reception

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Institute Fellow
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Senior Fellow
  • Vice President for Housing Finance Policy
    Interim Vice President for Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center