Meet the Affordable Housing Team

Our dedicated team is working hard to increase access to homeownership for minority and low- and moderate-income populations. By working collectively, the CONVERGENCE team and its participating partners will create greater homeownership and affordable rental opportunities for more Americans.

Steve O'Connor, Senior Vice President for Affordable Housing Initiatives

Steve O'Connor

Steve manages MBA's efforts to support the affordable housing policy and business objectives of our members. He is also responsible for outreach to industry groups, consumer organizations, and other key stakeholders.

Steve leads MBA's Consumer Affairs Advisory Council and serves on a number of industry boards, including the National Housing Conference, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Freddie Mac's Affordable Housing Advisory Council, the National Urban League's Business Solutions Council, the Homeownership Council of America, and Quick Loans Consumer Advisory Council.

Steve joined MBA in 1996. Previously, he worked in government affairs for the National Association of Realtors and Freddie Mac. He also worked for Skyline Financial Services Corporation. Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Marquette University and a Master's degree in political science from American University.

Katelynn Harris, Senior Program and Policy Specialist

Katelynn Harris

Katelynn works directly with the partners, stakeholders, and advisors of MBA's Affordable Housing Initiatives to develop programming and lead policy efforts. Prior to joining MBA, Katelynn was the Policy Director for the National Association of County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) and the National Association for Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), where she managed all governmental affairs activities and advocacy efforts for both organizations. 

Before NALHFA and NACCED, Katelynn was the Legislative and Policy Coordinator at the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCHSA), where she focused on multifamily tax issues. Prior to NCSHA, Katelynn interned with the policy and research department at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and with the administrative department at Wine to Water. Katelynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Arts degree in American government from Appalachian State University, as well as a professional certificate in nonprofit management.

Chloe Cohen, Project Coordinator

Chloe Cohen

Chloe oversees the day-to-day execution of MBA's Affordable Housing Initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia. During her studies, Chloe was a Policy Fellow for the Office of Atlanta City Council District 2, where she focused on affordable housing and other policy challenges confronting communities in the heart of Atlanta. 

Chloe also interned with the Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy, where she conducted research and writing on economic policy issues in the Hampton Roads region and throughout Virginia.