Monday, February 4

Ticketed Tours: Detailed information on each tour can be found here. 

Tuesday, February 5

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM       Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM- 9:30 AM         Opening General Session:  The State of the Housing Market

                                             Ryan Davis, Director of Research and Client Services, Witten Advisors

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM       Concurrent Sessions 

  1. Healthy Housing for All

This session will feature a new report that was a joint effort by ULI’s Building Healthy Places team and the Affordable and Workforce Housing product council on innovative solutions to support resident health through housing design, development, and operations. Speakers include: Steve PonTell, President & CEO, National Community Renaissance; Joanna Frank, President & CEO of Center for Active Design; Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities; and Kelly Boyer, Managing Director, Rose Community Capital, Jonathan Rose Companies.

  1. Homelessness: an ever-growing symptom of larger industry concerns

This session will discuss the homelessness epidemic facing many U.S. cities and different development strategies that have been implemented by both for-profit real estate companies and nonprofit organizations. Speakers include: Rebecca Clark, President & CEO, Linc Housing; Beth Silverman, Co-Founder and Vice President, Operations, Lotus Campaign; Frank Relihan, Senior Vice President, Northmarq Capital.

  1. If Not Rent Control, What? Practical Tools for Preserving Affordable Housing

In the wake of Prop 10, panelists will discuss the realities of rent control and better tools for preserving affordable housing. Speakers include: Jim Lapides, Vice President, National Multifamily Housing Council; Stephanie Reyes, State & Local Policy Manager, Grounded Solutions Network; David Garcia, Policy Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley.


11:10 AM – 12:25 PM      Concurrent Sessions

  1. New Developers: The Entrance of Employers into the Housing Market

As housing costs increase, workers are forced to live further from their jobs. How have employers responded to these issues? Panelists will include “nontraditional” housing developers, including private companies, that have entered the industry to house their own workforce or the workforce of their surrounding community. Speakers include: Wesley Van Camp, Vice President of Legal and General Counsel for Tanimura & Antle; Philip Jeffreys, Project Manager – Planning and Development, Aspen Skiing Company; Lewis Knight, Development Manager, Facebook.

  1. Housing for an Aging Population

Communities across the country are facing the dual challenges of an acute affordable housing crisis and an unprecedented expansion of the senior population. This session highlights the growing and diverse needs for senior housing and discusses successful residential projects that have made use of public/private partnerships to create affordable senior housing in communities with good access to transportation, amenities, and services. Speakers include: Margaret Wylde, Ph.D., CEO, ProMatura Group; Kathryn Burton Gray, Head of Health Care and Senior Managing Director, Hunt Real Estate Capital.


12:30 PM–1:45 PM          Lunch with Keynote Address by Hon. Rick Lazio, former U.S. Congressman

      With introduction by Daryl Carter, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Avanath Capital Management


2:00 PM – 3:15 PM          Concurrent Sessions

  1. Making Green Housing Pencil Out

This session will feature developers who have been able to budget sustainability features and how that has impacted their costs and ability to deliver affordable housing. The panelists will discuss green technology and how to make these features financially feasible. In light of California’s net zero policies for 2020, this session will help attendees overcome budget challenges, and understand the benefits and profits of implementing green features in housing.  Speakers include: Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing; Nathan Taft, Managing Director of Acquisitions, Jonathan Rose Companies; Phil Camp, Principal, hi.arch.y llp.

  1. Homeownership Trends: Master-Planned Communities & Affordability

This session will feature research sponsored by ULI Trustee and ULI Foundation Governor, Bob Sharpe, on affordable homeownership. Attendees will hear from developers of master-planned communities on the challenges and trends they are experiencing, and whether and how these communities offer an opportunity for affordability and community engagement. Speakers include: Jeremy Sharpe, Vice President of Community Development, Rancho Sahuarita Company; Adam Ducker, Managing Director, Director of Urban Real Estate, RCLCO; Paul Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Community Development, Rancho Mission Viejo.


3:30 PM – 4:45 PM          Concurrent Sessions

  1. Myth Busting: Reframing Housing Affordability

Community opposition is one of the biggest obstacles to producing a sufficient supply of affordable housing. A key challenge for developers, housing advocates and local officials is to address public misconceptions about the causes of the housing shortage, the impacts of new residential development and the social and economic repercussions of not having enough housing to meet demand. This session will offer concrete examples of successful communication strategies. Speakers include: Lisa Sturtevant, Ph. D., Senior Visiting Fellow, ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing; Mike Kingsella, Executive Director of Up for Growth National Coalition; Ma’Ayn Johnson, Housing Program Manager, Southern California Association of Governments.

  1. Affordable Housing as an Asset Class

Drawing from new research conducted by RCLCO and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, this session provides critical new information about what and where the affordable housing stock is in America, and how it performs as a real estate investment. Speakers include: Adam Ducker, Managing Director, Director of Urban Real Estate, RCLCO; Kelly Boyer, Managing Director, Rose Community Capital, Jonathan Rose Companies; Diane Olmstead, President, Fillmore Capital Affordable Housing; Nathan Taft, Managing Director of Acquisitions, Jonathan Rose Companies; Daryl Carter, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Avanath Capital Management.


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM          Networking Reception honoring the 2018 ULI Housing Award Winners

Wednesday, February 6

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM         Networking Breakfast


8:15 AM – 9:30 AM         Concurrent Sessions 

  1. Opportunity Zones Update: Myths and Reality

This panel will feature experts sharing the latest information on Opportunity Zones, including released IRS guidance and the current state of OZ investments. Speakers include: Rachel Reilly, Director, Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners; Larry Kosmont, Chairman and CEO of Kosmont Companies; Blake Christian, Partner, HCVT; Molly McCabe, President & Founder, HaydenTanner, LLC, and Co-Founder, The Lotus Campaign.

  1. Innovative Technology in Home Construction: Impact on Labor and Costs

Almost every other industry has faced a technology revolution in recent years. Is the construction industry next? This panel will discuss new construction technology and whether it has the potential to lower costs and deliver all types of housing more efficiently. Speakers include: Randy Jackson, President, PlaceWorks; Chris Killian, Sr. Vice President – Construction, National Community Renaissance; Jeremy Agraz, National Development Director, KTGY Architecture + Planning.


9:45 AM- 11:00 AM         Closing plenary


Stay tuned for more details to be added in coming weeks.