Doing Business in Times of Uncertainty, Part IV Recap

Thank you to those who attended our most recent breakfast forum, Doing Business in Times of Uncertainty, Part IV, on January 28th, 2020.

This forum was the fourth in our annual federal forum series, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Throughout this series, we have featured a number of expert speakers to help us understand the widespread federal uncertainty in the affordable housing industry and how Massachusetts can respond to provide more stability.

Our fourth forum highlighted the 2020 presidential candidate housing platforms, provided updates on federal appropriations and tax policies, and discussed the newly proposed Community Reinvestment Act regulations. Lastly, we looked at how affordable housing development in Massachusetts was affected by these changes and how we can continue our work of producing and preserving affordable housing.

We are so grateful to all of our speakers for sharing their expertise with us so that we can be up to date on all of the federal policy changes and understand how we can collectively respond to these changes. Thanks to our guest speakers – Secretary Mike Kennealy of EOHED and Undersecretary Janelle Chan of DHCD - as well as our panelists: Sarah Saadian, Vice President of Policy, NLIHC, David Gasson, Vice President and Director, Boston Capital, Andrew Grossman, Chief Tax Counsel, Ways and Means Committee, Anna Steiger, Vice President of Regional & Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Bonita Irving, Community Affairs Officer for the Northeast District, OCC, Kate Racer, Associate Director, DHCD, Clark Ziegler, Executive Director, MHP, Bart Mitchell, President & CEO, TCB, Chuck Karimbakas, CFO, MassHousing, and Kenan Bigby, Managing Director, Trinity Financial.

Thanks as well to our moderators - Lisa Joyner, New England Regional Community Development Manager, TD Bank and Leslie Reid, CEO, MPDC.

Finally, thanks again to those who attended our most recent forum in this series. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future forums!