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Equity By Design Webinar Series: Built Environment Principle – Create Appropriate Finance Products

Nov 19, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jennifer Ho
Commissioner @Minnesota Housing
Jennifer Leimaile Ho is the 7th Commissioner of Minnesota Housing, appointed by Governor Tim Walz in December 2018. She has been working to end homelessness since 1999, first as executive director of Hearth Connection and later as deputy director at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Her roles have focused on the intersection of health and housing, particularly health care financing and improving outcomes associated with supportive housing. Jennifer served as the Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration and worked with First Lady Michelle Obama to launch the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. She currently serves on the board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies. She has served on the boards of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Melville Charitable Trust, and West Side Community Health Services in St. Paul.
Feras Qumseya
Vice President of Development @Foulger-Pratt
As Vice President of Development, Feras Qumseya oversees the management of several project teams advancing multi-faceted projects through the entitlement, design, financing, and construction life-cycle. In addition, Mr. Qumseya leads Foulger-Pratt’s affordable housing platform; he also works closely with Asset Management to execute marketing and leasing plans that maximize value for our stakeholders. Mr. Qumseya joined Foulger-Pratt in 2017 after fifteen years of experience in real estate development focused on affordable housing and public-private urban developments. As part of his career, Mr. Qumseya served a total of three years in the public sector working under Washington’s DC’ Mayor Fenty and then under Mayor Gray administrations. Mayor Fenty awarded him the District’s Meritorious Public Service Award in 2010 and was the founding Executive Director for the Saint Elizabeths Redevelopment Initiative.
Raquel Rolnik
Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism @University of São Paulo
Ms. Rolnik is a professor, architect, and urban planner, with over 35 years of scholarship, activism, and practical experience in planning, urban land policy, and housing issues. Based in São Paulo, she is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo. In her career, she has held various government positions including Director of the Planning Department of the city of São Paulo (1989-1992) and National Secretary for Urban Programs of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities (2003-2007) as well as NGO activities, such as Urban Policy Coordinator of the Polis Institute (1997-2002). From May 2008, Ms. Raquel Rolnik was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing for a six years mandate, ending June 2014. She is author of several books, including “Urban warfare: housing and cities in the age of finance” by VERSO UK and “A cidade e a lei” among others.