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Reimagining Housing: Closing the Equity and Supply Gaps

The Urban Institute hosted the sixth annual housing finance symposium, Reimagining Housing: Closing the Equity and Supply Gaps.

This day-long conference at Urban's brand-new conference center in L'Enfant Plaza, will explore housing policy issues including rethinking the city, new building technologies and innovations in the face of climate change, the politics of housing policy, and how fintech can change the credit and tenure choice landscape. Past symposia brought together more than 200 government officials, housing finance policymakers, industry thought leaders, and academics.


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 Opening Remarks and Keynote 

  • Brian Brooks, Chief Legal Officer, Coinbase​
  • Alanna McCargo, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Jim Wehmann, Executive Vice President, Scores, FICO 

Panel 1: Rethinking the City 

  • John-Michael Cortez, Special Assistant to the Mayor, Austin, TX Mayor’s Office
  • Clay Grubb, Chairman and CEO, Grubb Properties
  • Elizabeth Kneebone, Research Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation at University of California, Berkeley
  • Solomon Greene, Senior Fellow, Research to Action Lab and the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)

Panel 2: How New Building Technologies Might Ease Housing Challenges 

  • Lynn Fisher, Senior Advisor for Economics, Federal Housing Finance Agency​
  • Lesli Gooch, Executive Vice President, Manufactured Housing Institute
  • Jonathan Lawless, Vice President, Product Development and Affordable Housing, Fannie Mae
  • Gerry McCaughey, CEO and Chairman, Entekra​
  • Michael Neal, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute (moderator)

​Panel 3: Role of the Government Sponsored Enterprises in a High LTV Market 

  • Edward Golding, Executive Director, Golub Center for Finance and Policy, MIT
  • Rohit Gupta, President CEO, Genworth​
  • Ted Tozer, Senior Fellow, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute
  • Ellen Seidman, Nonresident Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

Panel 4: The Politics of Housing Policy 

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
  • Lindsey Johnson, President, U.S. Mortgage Insurers
  • Jeb Mason, Partner, The Cypress Group
  • Bharat Ramamurti, Economic Policy Advisor, Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Jim Parrott, Nonresident Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

Panel 5: Can FinTech Change the Credit and Tenure Choice Landscape? 

  • Kelly Thompson Cochran, Deputy Director, FinRegLab​
  • Raj Date, Managing Partner, Fenway Summer Ventures
  • Regis Hadiaris, Executive Director, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans
  • Adrienne Harris, Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy, University of Michigan
  • Laurie Goodman, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)

 Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event. 

Support for this event is provided by FICO, Genworth Financial, and Quicken Loans, as well as the Housing Finance Innovation Forum. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

Date & Time Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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