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We can't wait to meet again at the largest commercial/multifamily industry event of the year. To see what we did last time we met in person at CREF2020 in San Diego, you can download the schedule here

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

  • Breakout Session: Affordable Multifamily Housing: An Environmental Scan

    Location: Seaport Ballroom B


    Speaker(s)

    Katelynn Harris Walker, Associate Director- Affordable Housing, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Aimee Faucett, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Regional Chambers of Commerce

    Jamie Woodwell, Vice President, Commercial and Multifamily Group, Research & Economics, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Ethan Saxon, Associate Vice President, LPA, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Shekar Narasimhan, CMB, Managing Partner, Beekman Advisors, Inc.

    Michael Staton, Vice President, Senior Mortgage Originator, CPC Mortgage Company

    Breakout Session

    Over the last two years, affordable housing has increasingly become a focal point of Washington, D.C. with the change in administration, the amplified calls for social justice reform and advancing racial equity, and as the unemployed or underemployed continue struggling to pay for housing as a result of the pandemic. This panel will cover a scan of the affordable multifamily housing environment, the trends of the affordable rental market, and the everchanging affordable housing political landscape.

    Speaker(s)

    Katelynn Harris Walker, Associate Director- Affordable Housing, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Aimee Faucett, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Regional Chambers of Commerce

    Jamie Woodwell, Vice President, Commercial and Multifamily Group, Research & Economics, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Jamie Woodwell is Vice President in the Research and Economics group at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), where he oversees MBA's research and related activities covering the commercial and multifamily real estate markets. Jamie and his work are regularly cited in the media, on Capitol Hill and in regulatory settings.  He is a regular speaker at industry and corporate events; has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg and in other popular and trade press; and testified before the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP.  Jamie initiated many of MBA's research activities, and created MBA's Peer Business Roundtables and the CREF Careers program. Jamie joined MBA in 2004 from Fannie Mae, where he was responsible for multifamily data initiatives.  He has also served as senior director of business development at CapitalThinking in New York, research director at the WMF Group in Virginia, and research manager at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.  Jamie is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Counselors of Real Estate, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and other professional and industry groups. Jamie received his bachelor's degree in economics and American studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  He earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Ethan Saxon, Associate Vice President, LPA, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Ethan Saxon is an Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). In this role, he is responsible for advocating MBA's legislative and policy priorities on Capitol Hill, with a primary focus on Democratic members of the United States Senate. He recently helped secure key provisions for MBA in the passage of the CARES Act and the American Recovery Plan Act. Ethan joined MBA from Capitol Hill, where he spent the majority of his professional career. Among his various roles, Ethan served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Originally from Australia, Ethan holds a bachelor’s degree from the Australian National University and master’s degrees from Georgetown University.

    Shekar Narasimhan, CMB, Managing Partner, Beekman Advisors, Inc.

    Shekar Narasimhan is the Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors which provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors.  Shekar is a Co-Founder for the Remergent Communities Fund, an Opportunity Zone Fund, focusing on small towns and cities in the Southeast U.S.  He also serves as Chairman of Papillon Capital, focused on sustainable infrastructure investing.  Prior to Beekman Advisors, Shekar Narasimhan was a Managing Director of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, one of the nation's leading providers of commercial mortgage financing. Immediately prior to Shekar’s time at Prudential, he was Chairman & CEO of the WMF Group, a publicly traded, commercial mortgage financial services company. WMF was one of the largest such firms in the country before being acquired by Prudential in 2000. Shekar is currently serving on the boards of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., Democracy Alliance and the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership.  He is on the Economic Advisory Council for the Center for American Progress and is a member of the Urban Institute’s Policy Leadership Council.  He has served on many boards, including the Low Income Investment Fund, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, the National Housing Conference and the National Multi Housing Council.  He is a sought-after speaker on housing finance and affordable housing and is considered a leading expert on rental housing issues in the United States. Shekar was appointed by Governors McAuliffe and Northam of Virginia as a Commissioner for the Virginia Housing Development Authority and served as its Chairman from 2019-2021.  Previously, he also served as a Member of the Board for Housing and Community Development in Virginia, and as a Commissioner on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Shekar co-founded and is President of the Dharma Into Action (DhIA) Foundation, an association of Dharmic American leaders and philanthropists collaborating to create a community-based think tank that identify and respond to urgent needs in the community by providing resources, knowledgebase and relevant information to serve Americans in need.  He was on the founding board of Indiaspora, a nonprofit organization founded by community leaders to unite Indian Americans and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.  Shekar was also Co-Founder of Upakar Foundation, a higher education scholarship fund. Shekar has served several terms on the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA) Board of Directors, was the first Chair of the MBA’s Commercial/Multifamily Board of Governors (COMBOG) and founded its Multifamily Steering Committee. He was elected as the first Chair of the Fannie Mae DUS Advisory Committee.  Shekar is a businessman/entrepreneur who has spent many years promoting sound public policy in the United States as it relates to affordable housing and economic justice including testifying before the US Congress. 

    Michael Staton, Vice President, Senior Mortgage Originator, CPC Mortgage Company

    Michael K. Staton, with over 30-years of experience in affordable housing, is currently Vice President and Senior Mortgage Originator at CPC Mortgage Co. LLC and is responsible for identifying borrower needs, establishing lending relationships, analyzing financial data, and determining the merits of specific loan request and recommended structures. Michael has extensive experience in financing multifamily housing development transactions using a variety of products and structures, including: conventional construction and permanent financing; tax-exempt bond executions; bridge loans; Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae lending platforms; and federal and state tax credit programs. Prior to joining CPC, Michael was Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Financing at TD Bank where his primary responsibilities were financing multifamily housing developments, office buildings, retail centers and industrial space. As Vice President of Originations at WNC & Associates, his primary responsibility was to manage relationships with clients and invest in Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties, as a Limited Partner, to create and preserve multifamily, affordable housing and to maximize the rate of return to Investors for property acquisitions. Michael also spent over 20 years at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency where he served in several key roles, including Director of Multifamily Programs and Lending, Director of Credit, Assistant Director of Financial Management along with other essential positions. Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Education and Human Services from Rider University.