F A I R H O U S I N G
E D U C A T I O N A L
S U M M I T
Montgomery County hosts a Fair Housing Educational Summit on challenges and opportunities toward narrowing the racial divide in housing.
With featured speakers and subject matter experts. Topics include:
The Role of Government in Systemic Housing Discrimination
Racism, Housing Discrimination and Wealth Disparities
Overcoming Barriers to Closing the Minority Homeownership Gap
The History of Housing Discrimination in Montgomery County
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SESSION 1 | 9:00 AM
The History of Housing Discrimination: A National Perspective
SESSION 2 | 10:40 AM
Race, Housing and Wealth Disparities
SESSION 3 | 1:15 PM
Overcoming Barriers to Closing the Minority Homeownership Gap
SESSION 4 | 3:00 PM
Housing Discrimination in Montgomery County
EVENT SPEAKERS & GUESTS
James L. Stowe (Jim) currently serves as the Director of the Montgomery County Maryland Office of Human Rights. The Montgomery County Maryland Office of Human Rights provides leadership to the people of Montgomery County toward educating the citizens about cultural diversity; identifying and resolving community tensions; and eliminating racism/discrimination, as it works toward “Creating a Culture of Service and a Climate of Fairness and Inclusion.”
William L. England, Jr. is currently the Chair, Montgomery County Human Rights Commission. He has been on the Commission for 15 years. Mr. England has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings since August 9, 2004. From March 1, 1995 to July 30, 2004, Judge England served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings.
Stella Adams is the Owner and CEO of S J Adams Consulting a full service civil rights research and consulting firm located in Durham, NC. S J Adams Consulting provides a broad range of services to non-profit community based organizations, government and industry to assist them in meeting their fair housing, fair lending, diversity or environmental justice goals.
Candace J. Groudine is a Commissioner on the Montgomery County, Maryland Human Rights Commission. She retired from the Federal Highway Administration several years ago as Senior Policy and Regulatory Specialist in the agency’s Office of Civil Rights. Dr. Groudine is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Political Science at University of Maryland/Baltimore County where she teaches law-related subjects. Her J.D. is from Georgetown University Law Center and her Ph.D. is in educational admin.
Mark M. Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. Moody’s Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corp., is a leading provider of economic research, data, and analytical tools. Dr. Zandi is a co-founder of Economy.com, which Moody’s purchased in 2005.
David Stevens served as the Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dave has more than 30 years of experience in mortgage finance and has held several executive level positions in sales, acquisition, investment, risk management and regulatory oversight, including positions in senior management with Wells Fargo, Freddie Mac and World Savings.
Has 34 years of public service spanning tribal, state, and federal governments and nonprofit. She has held leadership positions in the FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty for 16 years. Currently as Director of the Office of Human Environment, she supervises three teams with responsibilities for: financial oversight of the Office research program; advancing multimodal connectivity by addressing bicycle and pedestrian networks, mobility innovation, and environmental justice.
My career launched in the non-profit sector. I served as the Executive Director of a national environmental non-profit, oversaw operations for a DC-based healthcare coalition and proudly served Planned Parenthood Federation of America for many years as a national political field manager. After a political career, why a service-based business? I believe forward-thinking, purpose driven businesses create real impact and meaningful change in communities.
Bryan Greene is Vice President of Policy Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS® where he oversees all legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the association’s 1.4 million members. Bryan joined NAR in November 2019, and spent his first year at NAR raising the association’s profile in Washington and nationwide on all fair-housing-related policy matters as NAR’s first Director of Fair Housing Policy.
Matthew Heckles has more than fifteen years of experience working to advance the cause of affordable housing. Currently Mr. Heckles is the Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Director of the Community Development Administration. In this capacity he oversees the operations, administration and financing of single family mortgage, multifamily development, contract administration, rental assistance, and energy and weatherization.
Tracy McCracken is the Director of Fair Housing at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. She has garnered extensive fair housing and fair lending testing experience as a project coordinator with DB Consulting Group, as a senior project coordinator with the National Fair Housing Alliance, and as the executive director of the Mobile Fair Housing Center. She has conducted testing in the areas of affordable rental, rental, sales, lending, insurance and public accommodations.
Leslie Milano is the Executive Director of APIC Consulting Services, a subsidiary of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, where she and her staff oversee more than 200 consultants working in infection prevention and control. For the past year, Ms. Milano has helped to facilitate COVID-19 outbreak investigations, assessments, and healthcare worker training at hundreds of long-term care facilities and hospitals, as well as provide re-opening strategies.
Partap Verma, a certified mediator, specializes in privacy law, FOIA, agile development and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining Department of Homeland Security, he served as general counsel at the US Department of State, specializing in interagency information sharing, national security issues and immigration law. He also worked as a consular officer in Turkey and India as well as on task forces supporting crises around the world.
Dan Reed (he/they) is a writer, urban planner, and community advocate. Dan works with communities all over the United States to make their streets safer, enjoyable, and equitable. Their writing has appeared in publications including Washingtonian Magazine, the New York Times, CityLab, Architect Magazine, and Shelterforce. A resident of Silver Spring, Dan has written neighborhood blog Just Up the Pike since 2006.
The Deputy Director supports DHCA in the development and preservation of affordable housing; ensuring compliance with safety and building code requirements; mediation and support for landlords and tenants; common ownership community sustainability; and administrative and budgetary requirements. Mr. Demarais has previously held a range of responsibilities in the mortgage and affordable housing industries over the past 40 years, including mortgage loan origination and servicing.
Appointed in October 2014, Natali Fani-González is the Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and the first Latinx and first millennial to serve on the five-member Board. Since her appointment, Natali has made significant contributions to the Board, Planning Department and Department of Parks to engage diverse communities. She has been involved with several planning efforts, including the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy & Montgomery Village Master Plan.