Josh Crites is an American social housing professional with both practical and research experience.  He has worked at 3 social housing companies in the USA in roles ranging from policy and operations to process improvement and strategy.  Josh is a former Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow.  During that fellowship, Josh researched and worked with social housing companies in Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, England, Estonia and Spain.  He is an avid writer and advocate for the provision of social housing around the world. Overview of Josh’s articles.

PepijBakker is a Dutch architect who has worked on housing projects in China, India, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Pepijn was initiator and director of the first International Social Housing Festival, a 9 day festival consisting of 45 events and exhibitions, attended by 1300 people, all on the future of social housing. As the world population is growing rapidly, in particular in cities, Pepijn believes that organizing housing systems should be encouraged at all levels. Plese visit Pepijns company website for more information. Overview of Pepijn’s articles.

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Joshua Jorgensen is an American housing authority professional focused on real estate development in the South Puget Sound. He has studied in the southwest United States, South Africa and Tacoma, Washington. Joshua also taught a variety of ages and subjects in different school settings on 3 continents. He currently sits on the Sustainable Tacoma Commission, is chair of Cr:t, an urban design lecture series, and participates in a variety of committees attempting to revitalize neighborhoods while counteracting the forces of displacement. Overview of Joshua’s articles.

anna.jpgAnna Zsófia Bajomi works in Budapest for the Metropolitan Research Institute, on the HomeLab project. Her field of research is housing poverty and energy vulnerability.  She holds a Masters in Social Policy from the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest. She has worked at the Municipality of Budapest on the Social Urban Rehabilitation Thematic Development Programme for local stakeholders. She did an internship at the European Parliament, where she participated in the editing of the Energy Poverty handbook. She examined the model of Social Rental Agencies and other innovative housing solutions at the Programma Housing of the Compagnia San Paolo in Turin, Italy, in the frame of the Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs Program of the European Commission. Overview of Anna’s articles.

alix.jpg Alix Goldstein is a recent Master’s graduate from the University of Amsterdam where she studied race, segregation, and belonging in the Netherlands. She held an internship position with the Amsterdam Federation of Social Housing Associations and was one of the organizers of the 2017 International Social Housing Festival. Alix now works for the European Federation for Living, a nonprofit organization that works to create a network and facilitate interaction among different actors in the social housing sector across Europe. She is American and completed her bachelor education at the University of Washington in Seattle.

aprilApril Black is an American social housing professional with over 10 year of experience in public housing and the voucher program.  She is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Tacoma Housing Authority. View all posts by April Black.

Joaquin Cintron Vega is a Housing Industry professional with over eighteen years of experience that includes asset management, budgeting, accounting and finance. Has managed HUD Programs and budgets of over $300 million in Federal Funds. Vast experience with Mixed Finance transactions including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Capital Financing Fund Program. Managed budgets for Central Office Cost Center, Operating Fund and Capital Fund Program. Past experience with the Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration.

david mullins.jpgDavid Mullins is Professor of Housing Policy and leads the Housing and Communities Research Group in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. His books include Housing Policy in the UK (with Alan Murie, 2006) and After Council Housing (with Hal Pawson, 2010). In the last year with his colleagues at Birmingham he has completed research on community-led empty homes programmes in England, cooperative and collaborative housing in Austria and England, the future of social housing in England, social lettings agencies,  resident management companies in older peoples’ housing and tenant involvement in housing governance in Northern Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands and Wales. After 25 years of research on social housing his main conclusion is that: ‘had there been a greater sense of tenant and community ownership in social housing it would have been much harder for Governments to undermine its vision and purpose’.

Dave.jpgDavid Loudon is the founder and owner of DtL Creative, a Social Housing Management Consultancy that specialises in systems and process improvements, change management and delivering best practice, especially through ICT initiatives.The last 12 years have seen David concentrate on delivering operational change within Social Housing both from being a senior management team member of a landlord and then with his consultancy helping many landlords achieve strategic improvements. With a wealth of experience across many sectors including Social Housing, Oil and Gas, Telecoms and IT Services, David is a proven leader and strategist with many projects and success stories under his belt.

 Extensively travelled in business, he has worked all over Europe, India, North and South America, bringing invaluable experience from many cultures and working environments.

will hayes.jpg  Will Haynes is a British urban geographer based at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently a research assistant at ACCESS EUROPE. His research focuses on the influx of migrants (particularly refugees) into cities, and the role of architecture and urban-design in reconfiguring these cities as spaces of hope, justice, and opportunity.

Rebecca.jpg Rebecca Asady is a housing consultant with a particular interest in the historic professionalisation of housing services and the contemporary relationship between residents and social landlords.  She also practises as a consultant housing litigation solicitor, early on in her career having represented residents and then later moving on to acting on behalf of social landlords in England and Wales.  She sits on the board of a housing association in north-west England as a non-executive director and is passionate about social justice, social housing and resident empowerment as an expression of an asset based approach to people and place.  Having lived as a child in various UK cities and towns and in Esfahan, Iran, she is captivated by the meaning of home, as a concept, to people.


 Lake County Progress Site Visit -56318  David Northern Sr-Over the span of 20 years, David A. Northern, Sr., has established a distinguished career in federal housing assistance programs including urban planning and policy development. As Executive Director/CEO, David is responsible for administrative and professional oversight in planning, directing, and coordinating the Lake County Housing Authority’s varied and complex Housing and Community Development Programs while ensuring compliance with HUD regulations.  David’s educational background includes a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ball State University. He also holds a Certificate from the University of Maryland for completion of the Executive Education Program in Housing and Community Development, a Graduate Certificate in Public Management and a Certificate from the Institute for Innovative Leadership Development. David recently completed the University of Harvard’s NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence program.


gerald.jpgGerald Koessl is a researcher at the National Housing Federation, the umbrella body for social housing providers in England. He has completed his PhD at the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has also worked at the Department for Urban and Community Research (CUCR). In his PhD he has researched the temporal dimension of work-related precariousness. His current research focuses on questions around intergenerational and intragenerational housing inequalities, demographic change and on cross-European comparisons of housing systems. He is also particularly interested in the use of visualisations and visual statistics in sociological research.

Alma office 1.jpg  Alma Sheren is a Marketing Consultant and Writer, and is Head of Marketing and Communications for Greenacre Recruitment, a Social Housing Consultancy based in Hertfordshire which is passionate about driving change, finding solutions for, and challenging leadership issues within the public sector.  Alma has several years experience working with public sector bodies throughout the UK, Studied at the University of Hertfordshire, and has a BA in Business Administration with Human Resource Management. Alma owns Virtual Office Solutions, an agile remote business support service, and is passionate about social justice and progressive leadership models.


henk.png Henk Korevaar is a  Nomad Worker living in The Netherlands. I am the founder (1991) and owner of F-fectis. As a professional ideator and facilitator I work with clients all over the world and help them to come up with innovative ideas for products or services.  I am a ‘dispenser of enthusiasm’ in organizing interactive and ‘hybrid’ or virtual workshops. I am frequently invited to present or moderate smaller and larger (international) groups. I have written books on innovation processes, teams and teambuilding, project management and the impact of new ways of working. I am the International Liaison for CorpoNet, the Dutch network for IT professionals in housing. In 2001 I was one of the co-initiators of a TCO (total cost of ownership) benchmark for IT cost in housing associations. The outcome helps participants in getting a better understanding of their IT cost and to be able to compare (and learn) from costs of other participants.  For more information, check my profile on LinkedIn or please contact:Henk Korevaar  Mobile: + 31 6 54 338 773Email: Skype: henkkorevaar

Rutger Noorlander MA is a freelance urban geographer, interested in urban (economic) growth issues, urban inequality and heritage. Rutger is currently located in Santiago, Chile. Feel free to contact him with questions or comments.

aaaDiane Anastos has a degree from American University in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Hamline University (Minnesota). She spent much of her career inspired to empower low-income populations (refugees and immigrant) through community building in both the public and non-profit sector. Diane loves to connect with people through writing a blog, outreach and teaching English as a Second Language. She has played a variety of roles-from development director to executive director. She also loves to travel has a goal of visiting all seven continents-only one to go.

Emily.jpgEmily Casebeer is a senior at the University of Washington Tacoma pursuing a degree in Sustainable Urban Development.  She has been an intern in Tacoma Housing Authority’s Real Estate Development department since January 2018.  Her education in urban studies has given her knowledge in a broad base of topics.  She is pursuing a career in construction management.  Her goal is to bring a sustainable perspective into the development field.

karlKarl Tørnmarck works as head of international affairs at SABO (Swedish Associations of Public Housing Companies) since December.  He has a bachelor in political science and economics with a masters degree in Sustainable development and worked with European affairs for 4 years.

els.jpgEls Van de moortel achieved her master in architecture in 2008 at Sint-Lucas in Ghent. Afterwards she gained experience as an architect in companies in Leuven and in her own practice. Furthermore she gained experience in the field of sustainable building by doing research on the environmental impact of building materials and eco-building for an NGO in Antwerp and later on as an independent consultant.  In her doctoral research she is working on a tool to guide sustainable renovation for social housing in Flanders.

Mary.jpgMary-Rain O’Meara manages development projects for a Housing Authority taking its very first steps into the world of RAD. She has worked in the field of affordable housing since 2009, after she graduated with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

kid 11.jpeg Aaron Gerard is an Urban Studies student at the University of Washington Tacoma focusing on Community Development and Planning.  He recently finished his second quarter enrolled in the program, and has interests  aligned with the impacts of growth in cities – specifically displacement and the impacts of the inversion taking place throughout a large amount of cities.


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