Promoting Affordability Conference

Terner Center for Housing Innovation 2017 Conference: Promoting Housing Affordability by Expanding Supply and Lowering Costs

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Supported by Citi Foundation

Many high-growth, high-cost regions are facing widespread affordability challenges caused in part by shortage of housing, and rising housing development costs. To effectively address this issue, we need to deeply understand both market conditions and policy frameworks (local, state, and national) that are contributing to this reality, and identify and promote the solutions that can change it.

On Thursday June 1, 2017, the Terner Center hosted an invitation-only convening to explore the conditions that underlie the under-supply of housing in high-cost regions and practical innovative solutions which will ensure the development of housing in ways that address both economic inequality and climate change challenges.

The conference was filmed and the video is available below.

The conference featured two keynote speakers:

  • Enrico Moretti, the Michael Peevy and Donald Vial Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Shaun Donovan, Former U.S. Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in coversation with Carol Galante.

In addition, leading practitioners, national advocates, and innovative policymakers came together on three stimulating panels moderated by some of the nation's preeminent journalists on housing and urban issues: Laura Kusisto of the Wall Street Journal, Conor Dougherty of the New York Times, and Liam Dillon of the Los Angeles Times.

Join the conversation on social media with #supplymatters17.



Available here.



Full video can be found here, segments are posted below.

Welcome & Introductions

  • Carol Galante, Professor and Faculty Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
  • Richard Gerwitz, Managing Director and Co-Head, Citi Community Capital


Keynotes: Framing the Challenge of Housing Affordability in High-Growth Regions

  • Enrico Moretti, Michael Peevy and Donald Vial Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

  • Shaun Donovan, Former Director, Office of Management and Budget and Former U.S. Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development In conversation with Carol Galante


Session 1: Increasing Housing Supply Across High-Cost Regions

  • Conor Dougherty, The New York Times (Moderator)
  • Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Kathy Nyland, Director of Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle
  • Carolina Reid, Professor and Faculty Research Advisor, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
  • Eli Spevak, Commissioner of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission and Owner of Orange Splot LLC


Session 2: Making New Housing Supply More Feasible and More Affordable

  •  Liam Dillon, The Los Angeles Times (Moderator)
  •  Nathaniel Decker, Graduate Student Researcher, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
  • Rachel Flynn, Vice President, FivePoint Communities, and Former Director of Planning for City of Oakland
  • Paavo Monkkonen, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, UC Los Angeles
  • Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency


Session 3: Private Sector Innovations for Designing a More Affordable Housing Supply

  • Laura Kusisto, The Wall Street Journal (Moderator)
  • Rick Holliday, Founder and President, Holliday Development and CEO Factory_OS
  • Sterling Jawitz, Head of Real Estate Strategic Partnerships, Common
  • Edward Pinto, Resident Fellow and Co-Director of International Center on Housing Risk, AEI
  • Jeff Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder, Kasita


Closing Remarks

  • Carol Galante, Professor and Faculty Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley



To read more from our panelists, please find a list of relevant resources available here.

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