NHC's Housing Communications Network (the Network) is a new communications initiative designed to promote affordable housing as a positive force in American communities and raise it to a first-tier issue on the national agenda. To get involved or to learn more about the Network please contact Katy Gorman, Communications and New Media Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-466-2121 x240.
Recent Housing Communications Network Events
"Communicating about Housing: Midterms' Impact on Housing's Future"
November 16, 2010: 2- 4 p.m.
K & L Gates LLC (1601 K Street, NW, Washington, DC)
Expert speakers from the campaign world discussed how housing issues played out in the midterm election campaigns, how the political shift will affect housing and homeownership, and their recommendations for crafting messages and advocacy strategies in this new environment.
Expert Panel Included:
Jacquie Lawing Ebert, Partner, GMMB [Moderator]
Jacquie Lawing Ebert manages the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation account, providing strategic advocacy and media counsel to the foundation. Most recently, Ebert took a leave of absence to serve on the Presidential Transition Team for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
David A. Avello is currently serving as the Executive Director of GOPAC, the Republican Party's premier organization dedicated to educating and electing the next generation of Republican leaders. Having worked in politics for the past 20 years, his experience includes campaigns on gubernatorial, congressional and local level.
Bill Greener is the founding partner of Greener and Hook, a communication and political consulting firm servicing individual companies, trade organizations, ad-hoc organizations and Republican candidates for political office.
Dr. Glenn W. Richardson, Jr., Professor, Kutztown University
Professor Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Richardson's areas of specialization include American government, political theory and political communication.
Ben Waxman, Senior Executive, AFL-CIO
Ben Waxman works for the President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, in the Presidents Strategic Campaign Center. Waxman works to implement and drive numerous strategic campaigns for the AFL-CIO.
The inaugural Network forum took place on September 14, 2010 featuring expert panelists who led a stimluating two-hour discussion on the communications challenges facing housing in the post-crisis era and what must be done to reengage the affordable housing debate in this decade.
Ericka Poethig, Deputy Assitant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development moderated the panel composed of communications experts.
The panel was comprised of John Buckley, Former Head of Communications for AOL and presidential campaign advisor; Tony Fratto, Former Deputy White House Press Secretary and CNBC contributor; and Jody Shenn, Housing and Mortgages reporter for Bloomberg. The discussion delved into the change in the framing of housing pre- and post crisis, who is a credible messenger and how advocates can be effecitve promoters of affordable housing.