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Unlocking the Market: Big Ideas for Local Housing Challenges

Presented by Urban Institute and Fannie Mae

Cities and regions across the United States face housing shortages that limit affordability, availability, and access to shared prosperity and opportunity. Residents and employers alike are looking for new solutions to overcome this persistent and complex challenge.

Join the Urban Institute and Fannie Mae for a robust conversation with a cross-sector set of leaders and policymakers on how cities and businesses can work together to sustainably deliver more housing more affordably. We will explore innovations and new approaches to tackle some of the most critical housing challenges of our time.



Panel 1 - New Partnerships: The Changing Role of Institutions and Businesses

  • AJ Jackson, Executive Vice President of Social Impact Investing, JBG Smith
  • Michele Jawando, Head of U.S. Progressive Engagement, Google
  • Daryl Shore, Director of Inclusive Communities, Prudential Financial
  • Alicia Wilson, Vice President for Economic Development, Johns Hopkins University
  • David Zuckerman, Director of Healthcare Engagement, Democracy Collaborative
  • Ben Hecht, CEO, Living Cities (moderator)

Panel 2 - High Growth Cities:  A DC Region Case Study

  • Christian Dorsey, Chair, Arlington County Board of Supervisors
  • Polly Donaldson, Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Michelle McDonough Winters, Executive Director, Alliance for Housing Solutions
  • Kriston Capps, Staff Writer, CityLab (moderator)​

Panel 3 - Big Ideas in Charlotte, NC:  A Fast-Growing City Re-Imagines its Housing Supply Strategy

  • Ralphine Caldwell, Executive Director, LISC Charlotte
  • Pamela Wideman, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Services, City of Charlotte
  • Kriston Capps, Staff Writer, CityLab (moderator)

Presentations and Remarks: 

  • David Benson, President, Fannie Mae
  • Janne Flisrand, Cofounder, Neighbors for More Neighbors
  • Hugh Frater, Chief Executive Officer, Fannie Mae
  • Laura Grannemann, Vice President of Strategic Investments, Quicken Loans Community Fund
  • Jeffery R. Hayward, Executive Vice President, Fannie Mae
  • Alanna McCargo, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute





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Check-in and breakfast will be available at 8:00 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and a networking opportunity will be available after the program. Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event.

Support for this event is provided by Fannie Mae. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to


Date & Time Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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