1 Roy L. Austin, Jr. Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity White House In March 2014, Roy L. Austin, Jr. joined the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. In this position, Austin coordinates the formulation and implementation of policy covering criminal justice, civil rights, housing, labor, human services and initiatives such as Promise Zones and Strong Cities, Strong Communities. Austin is also a member of the My Brother s Keeper Task Force. Austin began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division investigating and prosecuting hate crime and police brutality cases. After approximately five years, he joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where he worked on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases, including a successful probono civil lawsuit aimed at preventing racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol. In 2002, he joined the U.S. Attorney s Office for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and fraud and public corruption cases. He left in 2007 to become a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery working primarily on white collar criminal cases. In 2009, Austin returned to the D.C. U.S. Attorney s Office as a Senior Assistant United States Attorney and Coordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force. In January 2010, Austin was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. As a DAAG, Austin supervised the Criminal Section and the Special Litigation Section s law enforcement (police departments, prisons and juvenile justice) portfolio. In addition, he supervised work under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Among numerous other matters, Austin worked on cases involving the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Prison and the Maricopa County Sheriff s Office. Over his career, Austin has tried thirty jury trials to verdict. He served as an adjunct trial advocacy professor at George Washington University Law School from 2007 to Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago, and he grew up in State College, Pennsylvania.
2 Calvin Bradford President Calvin Bradford & Associates, Ltd Dr. Calvin Bradford is one of the nation s leading experts on fair lending. He is also one of the leading researchers and experts on mortgage lending patterns and community reinvestment. He provides research, policy analysis, and consulting services on fair lending and community reinvestment issues. His clients include some of the nation s largest home lenders as well as private mortgage insurance companies, regulatory and enforcement agencies, fair housing and community reinvestment organizations, government housing agencies, and litigants. Dr. Bradford has been working in the fields of fair lending and community development for over twenty-five years. He helped draft both the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and the Community Reinvestment Act. He has been asked to testify before committees in Congress on numerous occasions. Dr. Bradford has been an expert in over 30 fair lending and homeowners insurance cases. He has produced several evaluations of community reinvestment programs and has developed guidebooks for the use of HMDA data. He has produced several analyses of both historical and contemporary lending patterns in major metropolitan areas. Dr. Bradford is President of Calvin Bradford & Associates, Ltd. His firm provides services for helping lenders identify potential fair lending issues, including several forms of HMDA data analysis related to both compliance and enforcement issues. The firm also provides consulting services in loan file analysis, underwriting standards, test analysis, product analysis, and marketing. The firm provides training in fair lending and fair homeowners insurance practices. Finally, the firm provides research in fair housing and fair lending, including consulting and analysis services for the Impediments to Fair Housing statements and plans required by HUD for recipients of Community Development Bock Grant funds.
3 Janell Byrd-Chichester Partner Mehri & Skalet, PLLC Janell Byrd joined Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, as a partner in February of She has over 25 years of legal experience advocating on behalf of persons whose civil rights have been violated or who are disadvantaged by virtue of their status in society. Her work includes litigation, legislative and administrative policy, teaching, and research. She has experience on a wide range of civil rights issues, including educational opportunity, affirmative action, employment discrimination, public accommodations, housing, police misconduct, environmental justice, and medical abuse and neglect. Ms. Byrd was an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) from 1987 until She managed LDF s D.C. office in the late 1990 s and litigated a large number of complex school desegregation and affirmative action cases, including an appeal of the decision striking the affirmative action admissions program at the University of Georgia, the challenge to the minority scholarship program at the University of Maryland, and the challenge to the affirmative action admissions program at the University of Texas School of Law. Her work on high-stakes testing was instrumental in the adoption of policy guidance by the U.S. Department of Education on the applicability of the civil rights laws to the use of tests in educational settings. Starting in 2002, Ms. Byrd practiced with The Cochran Firm in Washington, D.C., where she handled jury trials involving police misconduct and medical abuse and neglect. She also handled employment discrimination and public accommodations cases, including same-sex sexual harassment cases and cases involving the denial of service on the basis of race. Ms. Byrd served as Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Task Force on Civil Rights Restoration from 2001 to 2004, where she coordinated the efforts of race, national origin, gender, age, disability and labor groups in working with members of Congress to develop a comprehensive analysis and response to the rollback of civil rights laws by the federal courts. This effort resulted in legislation introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy and Congressman John Lewis to restore numerous civil rights laws. In 2003, she was lead counsel for Howard University in the preparation of an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving challenges to the affirmative action admissions policies at the University of Michigan. Ms. Byrd is a 1983 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an Associate Editor of the California Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Cecil F. Poole on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced securities law for several years in the mid-1980 s with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. Ms. Byrd was a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Law in , and held the Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar Chair in Public Law at Florida State University School of Law in the spring of She held the Charles Hamilton Houston Endowed Chair in Civil Rights Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law from She is the author of a manuscript on the role of the federal government in residential segregation and has published articles on the federal courts restrictions on civil rights laws, high-stakes educational testing, racial discrimination in higher education, and public employee accountability. In May of 2012, Ms. Byrd joined the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association.
4 Scott Chang Attorney Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC Mr. Chang practices in the area of fair housing and public accommodations. Before joining Relman, Dane & Colfax he was a sole practitioner specializing in fair housing cases and an associate and of counsel with the California fair housing law firm Brancart & Brancrat. The cases Mr. Chang litigated include: a precedent setting case establishing that fair housing organizations have standing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and affirming a large damages award to a fair housing organization, Fair Housing of Marin v. Combs, 285 F.3d 899 (9 th Cir.), cert. denied 537 U.S (2002); a class action case representing a case of disabled tenants excluded from public housing; and a fair housing and hate crime case involving a group of Asian American Stanford University students who were intimidated based on their national origin when they attempted to rent a house. He is a frequent speaker at national fair housing conferences.
5 Cathy Cloud Senior Vice President National Fair Housing Alliance Cathy Cloud is Senior Vice President of the National Fair Housing Alliance. Ms. Cloud joined NFHA in January of 1991, shortly after it opened its first office. As Senior Vice President, she is responsible for supervising NFHA programs in the areas of compliance and consulting, membership services, education and outreach, national media, community development, finances, and administration. Ms. Cloud is responsible as well for the development and implementation of Fair Housing School, NFHA s comprehensive training and education program for fair housing personnel. During her tenure at NFHA, Ms. Cloud has been responsible for supervision of large-scale national testing and investigation programs in the areas of homeowners insurance, mortgage lending, real estate sales, and rental practices by rural housing providers. These efforts led to settlement agreements with many of the nation s largest homeowners insurance companies who changed their underwriting guidelines and implemented compliance programs. Ms. Cloud oversees NFHA s consulting and compliance programs, including testing programs for lenders, homeowners insurance providers, retail companies, restaurants, and others. Ms. Cloud has provided training and consulting services to public and private fair housing organizations, the housing industry, federal financial regulatory agencies, mortgage lending institutions, homeowners insurance providers, and national retail chains. She has served as a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and on the national advisory board of the Federal Reserve Banks Mortgage Credit Partnership Project. She is the author of articles on mortgage lending discrimination and co-author of chapters in books on mortgage lending and insurance discrimination, as well as segregation. Prior to joining the National Fair Housing Alliance, Ms. Cloud served as Assistant Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center which serves the western suburbs of Chicago. She coordinated HOPE s testing program; worked with the private bar, HUD, and Department of Justice in the filing and resolution of complaints; provided training to the housing industry; monitored consent orders for compliance; counseled clients on fair housing, tenant-landlord, and affordable housing issues; and helped create educational programs on the issues of fair and affordable housing. Ms. Cloud also served as the Research Chair of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, a coalition of public and private fair housing agencies working cooperatively on fair housing/fair lending issues in the Chicago metropolitan area. In this capacity, Ms. Cloud obtained a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to conduct a pilot mortgage lending discrimination research and testing program. She also supervised the 1989 HUD-funded Housing Discrimination Study in the Chicago metropolitan area. Ms. Cloud received an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois (Urbana).
6 Vincent Curry Executive Director Fair Housing Advocates Association Vincent B. Curry has been a part of the fair housing movement since In 1993, he founded the Fair Housing Advocates Association (FHAA) with the vision of combatting housing discrimination in its many forms. He works to promote equal housing opportunities on the local, state, and national levels. Since 1995, he has served on the board of the National Fair Housing Alliance. In Ohio, he has served on the boards of the Ohio Fair Housing Congress, the Summit County Housing Trust Fund, and the Summit County Housing Advisory Board. He has 22 years of fair housing experience and expertise. In addition, he has 7 years of property management experience which he developed during his years as a development manager with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA). He has given testimony before the US Commission on Civil Rights (Cleveland, OH-May 21, 2008); He recognizes that education is an important tool in the fight against housing discrimination and he seeks to educate both the home seeker and the housing provider. He has given presentations for the Akron Police Department (Akron, OH-September 2004/August 2007), the Akron Canton Real Estate Investors Association (Fairlawn, OH-February 13, 2008), the US Department of Housing & Urban Development ( Predatory Lending and Fair Housing Investigations and Cases, Cleveland, OH-August 8, 2008, Fair Housing Enforcement & State Partnerships, New Orleans, LA-June 2010), the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Fund for an Open Society ( Today s Forms of Housing Discrimination, Cleveland, OH-November 8, 2002). In order to help children gain an understanding of fair housing issues, he has written fair housing story books for children. One of the products, the Wolf Family, has been used by fair housing groups in Toledo and Cincinnati, OH, Richmond Virginia, and California. Investigations and enforcement of fair housing laws have played an important role in his mission to eliminate housing discrimination. He has coordinated conducted over 2000 tests/investigations. The results of some of the investigations resulted in fair housing discrimination cases being filed in federal court. One involved four Cuyahoga County cities implementing unduly restrictive occupancy codes which restricted occupancy to less than two persons per bedroom. Another involved a Lancaster, Ohio campground which was not owned or operated by a church, denying non-christian homebuyers the right to purchase housing. Another involved the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County denying public water service to a primarily African-American neighborhood. In 2008, a jury returned with $10.8 million dollar verdict against the city and the county. In the pursuit of justice, he works with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the US Department of Justice, and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development. Mr. Curry graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management degree. He is the father of two sons. In his spare time he coaches basketball and mentors young people.
7 Sharon L. Davies Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity and the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University Sharon Davies currently directs the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State, an engaged research institute that seeks to help create a society in which all persons have the opportunity to thrive. She is the current holder of the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. She also holds a 3-year presidential appointment to the Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Davies was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review while in law school at Columbia University. After graduation she worked for Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. and Lord, Day & Lord Barrett Smith in New York City. Professor Davies served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney s Office in the Southern District of New York. She joined the law faculty at Ohio State University in 1995, was awarded tenure in 1999, was promoted to Full Professor in 2002, was awarded a named professorship in 2003, and received her current Chair in Professor Davies teaches Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Race and Law, and Evidence. Professor Davies primary research focus is in the area of civil rights, race and criminal justice. Her articles and other writings have been published in some of the nation s leading law journals including the Michigan Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems. In 2010, Oxford University Press published Davies narrative nonfiction account of a 1921 murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama, titled Rising Road, A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America, for which the Mayor of Birmingham awarded her the Key to the City.
8 Reginald Exum Community Development Officer CitiGroup Community Development Reginald Exum is a community development officer at Citi Community Development, based in Washington D.C. CCD works to improve financial inclusion to low- and moderate-income individuals, communities of color, veterans and small businesses by expanding access to financial products and services through innovative community partnerships. Reginald focuses on implementing strategies and building long-term relationships with local and national community organizations that conduct financial capability, small business, and neighborhood revitalization programs. He has worked in the financial services industry for 28 years, including positions in commercial loan analysis, marketing research, residential mortgage lending and bank operations. He sits on the advisory council of Collegiate Directions Inc., and previously served on the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers board, the executive committee of the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, and the advisory committee for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
9 Debby Goldberg Special Project Director National Fair Housing Alliance Debby Goldberg is a Special Project Director at the National Fair Housing Alliance. In that role, she spearheads much of NFHA s work on affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH), including both public policy and training/capacity building. She designed and coordinated NFHA s 2010 in-service training on AFFH, as well as its more recent AFFH webinar series. Debby is also the point person for NFHA s public policy work on a variety of housing finance issues, including foreclosure prevention, housing finance reform, access to mortgage credit and others. Debby came to NFHA in 2005 to direct the Hurricane Relief Project, which was a collaboration with local fair housing groups in the Gulf Coast region to assist homeowners affected by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent storms to rebuild and reoccupy their homes, and advocated for public policies to promote an equitable and inclusive region. The project brought litigation that provided an additional $500 million in rebuilding assistance for low- and moderate-income and minority homeowners in Louisiana. Debby has over 30 years of experience working on public policies to promote fair housing, fair lending, access to insurance and community reinvestment in communities of color and low income neighborhoods. Her work also includes extensive training and technical assistance for communitybased organizations in those neighborhoods. Prior to joining NFHA s staff, she spent a number of years at the Center for Community Change.
10 Anne V. Houghtaling Executive Director HOPE Fair Housing Center Ms. Houghtaling joined HOPE as Executive Director in October She is an attorney who has worked in fair housing since Ms. Houghtaling has conducted hundreds of rental, sales, insurance and mortgage lending tests. Previously at HOPE from , she was responsible for complaint oversight including: test execution and design, analysis, site selection, tester training and coordinating client complaints with legal counsel. As Director of Enforcement & Investigations at the National Fair Housing Alliance from , Ms. Houghtaling oversaw two major government enforcement testing contracts. In addition, she oversaw several NFHA initiated investigations, including an investigation of builders for compliance with the Fair Housing Act's design & construction requirements, and a national investigation of internet housing advertisements. As a result of evidence from these testing and investigation projects, NFHA filed both administrative complaints and federal court litigation. Both HUD and state administrative agencies have issued charges of discrimination as a result of Ms.Houghtaling's investigations. Ms. Houghtaling has provided training and consulting services to housing industry members on national, state and local levels. She is proud to currently serve on the Board of the Directors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity.
11 John M. Huskey Chairman and CEO Meta Housing Corporation John M. Huskey has been active in the financing, development, construction and management of multifamily communities since 1969, developing over 12,000 units. In the past twenty years he has focused his development efforts on senior and affordable housing, and developed a new concept in senior housing in order to accommodate the growing group of retirees from the baby boomer generation. Huskey, who was integral in the creation of the independent senior housing category in real estate, is now paving the way for a new American vision of what it means to retire, and how that vision can come to life in the senior housing industry. As Chairman and CEO of Meta Housing Corporation, Huskey has led the Meta Housing team in the development of new, arts-focused senior apartment communities in order to foster personal growth for tenants by providing onsite art classes, art studios, and even onsite professional theatres. Meta Housing Corporation s communities are now serving as a model for other developers, demonstrating how to successfully produce this type of product. Prior to forming Meta Housing Corporation, Huskey was President and CEO of Calmark Properties. In this role, he worked with the well-known Heritage Park program, which offers affordable apartment communities for active seniors, to build more than 6,000 units throughout the Western U.S. Through this work, Huskey took Calmark Properties from a small development company to a market leader in less than five years. Throughout his career, Huskey has been a pioneer, including be the first to: Utilize mortgage revenue bond financing in California for Affordable Housing. Create the first project under the State of California s Rental Housing Construction Program (RHCP) Utilize inverse floater bond financing to obtain the best of low floaters and fixed rate. He was honored by the Building Industry Association Senior Housing Council as its SAGE award winner in 1996 for outstanding contributions to senior housing and was received the Sheldon W. Andelson Award by the Affordable Living For The Aging organization in Huskey has served as a technical advisor to both the Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County Housing Authorities. He also served two terms on the Loan and Grant Committee for the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development. Huskey was an appointee of former Los Angeles City Mayor James Hahn for the $100 Million Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee.
12 Celeste James Director of Community Health for the Mid-Atlantic States Kaiser Permanente Celeste James is Director of Community Health for the Mid-Atlantic States region of Kaiser Permanente, the nation s leading integrated health care delivery system. As part of Kaiser's Community Benefit Team, Ms. James oversees the development, implementation and funding of community-based health initiatives that aim to reduce obesity and preventable chronic illness, particularly in underserved communities. Targeting communities where there is significant health and social inequity, Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving policies, organization practices, and built-environments that impact people s ability to make healthy lifestyle choices. Ms. James facilitates collaboration between community stakeholders, public agencies, and foundations, to identify and address barriers to healthy behaviors in neighborhood, school, worksite, and health care settings. Ms. James has extensive background in public communications and organizational alliance-building. Her career spans 20 years in the media industry, supporting and directing public and media relations for USA TODAY/Gannett Co., Inc., U.S. News & World Report magazine, and National Public Radio (NPR). She served three years as a health communications consultant prior to joining Kaiser Permanente. Currently, she represents Kaiser Permanente on several collaboratives and work groups, including Place Matters, a national program of the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies, and the Washington Regional Food Funders Group, a working group of Washington Regional Area Grantmakers. Ms. James is married, with two children, ages 11 and 15, and lives in the DC Metropolitan Area.
13 Gerard J. Joab Executive Director St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center Gerard Joab began as Executive Director of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center in December Under Gerard s leadership, St. Ambrose has continued its strong presence in the community as a housing provider and advocate for fair housing opportunities for all. The organization has also been introduced to a tradition of leadership development at the Board level in an effort to identify skill sets that meet the current and future needs of the agency moving forward. Gerard has deepened relationships with funders and local thought leaders that assure that the agency is maximizing its resources in the most effective and synergistic way.. Previously, Gerard served as Executive Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation s (LISC) Greater Newark and Jersey City Program since Established in 1980, LISC has worked to assist Newark based Community Development Corporations (CDCs) in the production of over 1,671 affordable homes. During Gerard s tenure, Greater Newark and Jersey City LISC helped to create over 4,000 jobs with investments in 372,402 sq. feet of commercial space, served 2,500 students by investing $2 million in 3 high performing charter schools, renovated 4 playing fields for 20,000 kids and established the Building Sustainable Communities program in Lower Broadway. Gerard possesses a strong knowledge of community development from a grassroots perspective. In his previous employment he was the Executive Director of the Donald Jackson Neighborhood Corporation (DJNC) a church based community development corporation founded in 1987 by members of Blessed Sacrament Church and residents of the Clinton Hill neighborhood, of Newark, New Jersey's South Ward, to revitalize and rebuild their community. In a four-year period DJNC completed the rehabilitation of a eighty-seven (87) units of two and three bedroom rental apartment. A native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Gerard began his work experience as a staff member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide. In his seven years with InterVarsity Gerard served as a campus minister at Bowie State College, Howard University, George Washington University and Georgetown University and in 1986 accepted the position as InterVarsity s Area Director for Northern New Jersey.
14 Erin Kemple Executive Director The Connecticut Fair Housing Center Erin Kemple is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. She graduated from the College of Holy Cross in 1981 and from Suffolk University Law School in She has been doing fair housing work since 1989 when she helped found the Housing Discrimination Project, a fair housing organization serving all of central and western Massachusetts. Ms. Kemple began working in Connecticut in 2003 when she joined the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, where she has overseen an expansion of the Center s staff from five full-time employees to 17 fulltime and part-time personnel. She trains more than 500 realtors, housing managers, landlords and housing providers throughout the state each year.
15 Reverend Marlon Millner City Councilman Member Norristown, PA The Reverend Councilman Marlon Millner is the pastor of the McKinley Memorial Baptist Church of Upper Moreland, PA and councilman-at-large in the municipality of Norristown, PA. Both communities are located in Montgomery County, a wealthy suburban jurisdiction outside Philadelphia. Millner is the co-chair of the statewide organizing project Building One Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, B1PA won a campaign to have the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invest $500,000 in Southeastern PA for a housing mobility program to stop concentrating housing choice vouchers in poor neighborhoods and communities. Rev. Millner was a co-founder of Heeding God s Call A Gathering for Peace, which birthed an anti-gun violence movement in metro Philadelphia. Millner worked with historic peace churches, and sat on the gathering s interfaith committee with Jewish and Muslim leaders. His public theology extends to public service as councilman-at-large in the municipality of Norristown, PA. Elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, Millner has fought for affirmative action and supplier diversity. He has worked to combat youth and gun violence in town. A former awarding-winning journalist, Rev. Millner worked as public awareness manager for Philadelphia s KEYSPOT: Powered by Freedom Rings Partnership. KEYSPOT is a citywide initiative to bridge the digital divide. Millner managed a broad public information campaign. His work has been covered by the Associated Press, Religion News Service, The Philadelphia Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he has been published in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and Sojourners Magazine. He earned a bachelor s degree from Morehouse College and a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
16 James Perry Executive Director Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center James Perry is the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). Perry is a housing expert. Perry founded the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center in Mississippi when he was 26 years old. He led the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center through two of America s greatest disasters-hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Under Perry's leadership, the Center favorably settled an historic class action lawsuit resulting in compensation of more than $500 million for Katrina victims. Perry has testified before Congress eight times and was a candidate in the 2010 New Orleans Mayoral election. Perry serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and chairs the Louisiana Housing Alliance Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelors in political science from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University School of Law. The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is a private, non-profit civil rights organization established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area.
17 Sara K. Pratt Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sara Pratt has been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs at HUD s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity since September She oversees HUD s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws, the Fair Housing Assistance Program, the Fair Housing Initiatives Program and HUD s enforcement of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act. As Director of Enforcement at the Department of Housing and Urban Development between 1993 and 1999, Pratt participated in a number of initiatives relating to discrimination in housing and lending including leading FHEO s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws. She has worked as an attorney, trainer and fair housing and civil rights expert for thirty-six years. Before her return to HUD, Pratt staffed the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, co-chaired by former HUD Secretaries Jack Kemp and Henry Cisneros, and helped prepare a report issued in December 2009 on the future of fair housing. She assisted with the development of the report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Residential Segregation and Housing Discrimination in the United States, issued in January She was a member of the faculty of the National Fair Housing Training Academy and the National Fair Housing Alliance s Fair Housing School and served on the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Fair Housing Task Force. Her recent publications also include Disparate Impact under the Fair Housing Act: A Proposed Approach, co-authored with Robert Schwemm and available at 2009). Pratt has been an expert witness in a number of fair housing cases, including United States ex rel Anti Discrimination Center v. Westchester County, NY, and United States v. Village of Island Park, as well in National Fair Housing Alliance v. Prudential Insurance Company. Pratt served as Director of Enforcement and Compliance for the National Fair Housing Alliance from May 1999 to December She was Director of the Office of Enforcement in HUD s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in Washington, D.C. from and Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Fair Housing in HUD s office of General Counsel from She also practiced civil rights law in Louisville, Kentucky, held a variety of positions with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and has served as a national and international consultant on fair housing matters. She is editor and primary author of Damages for Embarrassment and Humiliation in Housing Discrimination Cases.
18 Jennifer Raitt Assistant Director of Land Use Planning & Chief Housing Metropolitan Area Planning Council Jennifer Raitt serves as Assistant Director of Land Use Planning and the Chief Housing Planner at MAPC. She has been at MAPC since 2007 providing direct housing and planning technical assistance to municipalities and engaging in regional and statewide housing policy initiatives. She co-manages the Land Use staff and coordinates the eight coordinators of MAPC s Subregional Councils. Current Activities Ms. Raitt oversees MAPC s local and regional housing activities. Her primary work includes advising local, state, and federal officials on housing policy and programs. She also provides professional assistance to local officials and other allied organizations to address local needs and concerns in housing; reviews, evaluates, develops and improves local housing plans, strategies, and by-laws; and provides her expertise to ensure implementation. Ms. Raitt recently managed a range of Sustainable Communities funded activities: the Regional Housing Plan; the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment; a Transit-oriented Development Finance Study with CLF Ventures, LISC, MACDC, MHIC (funded in part by the Barr Foundation, Hyams Foundation, and Ford Foundation); Housing Production Plans for Belmont, Lexington, and Watertown; a Master Plan Goals update for the Town of Hingham; an Anti-Displacement Toolkit with Somerville Community Corporation; a community engagement project for North Quincy and Wollaston with Asian Community Development Corporation and the City of Quincy; and increased engagement in MAPC s subregions. Through this program, she also helped develop MAPC s Fair Housing Toolkit and Managing Neighborhood Change Toolkit. A Regional Analysis of Impediments for the South Shore HOME Consortium is in progress. Past Experience Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Raitt served as Executive Director for North Shore Housing Trust (now Harborlight Community Partners) where she developed affordable housing throughout Essex County and advanced local and regional affordable housing initiatives. Ms. Raitt spent seven years working as Community Development Director for the Town of Amesbury and two years serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader for a community land trust in Holyoke, MA. With 18 years of experience, Ms. Raitt provides assistance to municipalities, nonprofits, statewide and regional organizations, as well as professional associations. She also teaches in the Boston University City Planning and Urban Affairs program and has been a Guest Lecturer at MIT and Tufts University. Ms. Raitt s work has been recognized as follows: Massachusetts Municipal Association Kenneth Pickard Innovation Award (2012); the American Planning Association (APA) Massachusetts Chapter Statewide Planning Project Award (2011); MetroWest Collaborative Regional Spirit Award (2010); Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Housing and Community Development from the APA ( ); City of Salem Massachusetts Citation for Dedicated Service to Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board of Trustees (2009); MA Governor's Award for Smart Growth Leadership and Implementation (2004); APA Massachusetts Chapter Planning Project Award (2004); and a U.S. Conference of Mayors CDBG Best Practices Citation (1999).
19 Jennifer Raitt Metropolitan Area Planning Council Page 2 Education and Professional Affiliations Ms. Raitt holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Documentary Studies from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current leadership appointments include serving as a board member of Citizens' Housing and Planning Association and member of the Legislative and Policy Committee (LPC) for the American Planning Association (APA). She chaired a LPC Task Force to draft a Policy Guide on Aging In Community for the APA. Areas of Expertise Comprehensive planning l zoning for housing affordability l housing plans l affordable housing development and finance l organizational planning l board development l project management l neighborhood revitalization and community development techniques l community visioning/ meeting techniques.
20 John P. Relman Managing Partner Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC John P. Relman is the Managing Partner of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC, a public interest law firm specializing in civil rights litigation. Mr. Relman formerly served as Director of the Fair Housing Project at the Washington Lawyer s Committee for Civil Rights. He is the author of Housing Discrimination Practice Manual, published by the West Group, and teaches public interest law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Relman s better known cases include Dyson v. Denny s Restaurants ($ million race discrimination class settlement); Pugh v. Avis Rent-A-Car ($5.4 million class settlement); and Kennedy v. City of Zanesville ($10.8 million race discrimination jury verdict).