BPC Announces New Housing Advisory Council, Initiative on Racial Equity and Housing

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched a new Housing Advisory Council to develop bipartisan housing policies and guide policymakers. The council is chaired by BPC Board Members Henry Cisneros, former secretary of HUD under President Bill Clinton (D), and Pamela Hughes Patenaude, former HUD deputy secretary under President Donald Trump (R), as well as two former mayors—San Diego’s Kevin Faulconer (R) and Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter (D). Over the next year, the council will focus on helping BPC identify and prioritize policies that:

  • Continue to meet the urgent housing needs of Americans affected by COVID-19;
  • Advance racial equity and opportunity through housing—by addressing disproportionately high housing costs, entrenched segregation and concentrated poverty and disparities in homeownership and family wealth; and
  • Preserve and build affordable homes to strengthen families and their financial resilience and propel our country’s economic recovery.

Additional council members include:

  • Seth Appleton, president, MISMO; former HUD assistant secretary, policy development and research; former principal executive vice president, Ginnie Mae;
  • Alfonso Costa, Jr., executive vice president, Falcone Group; former HUD deputy chief of staff;
  • Paul Compton, Jr., founding partner, Compton Jones Dresher; former HUD general counsel;
  • Eileen Fitzgerald, head of housing affordability philanthropy, Wells Fargo;
  • Karen Wilson-Freeman, president and CEO, Chicago Urban League; Former ayor of Gary, Indiana;
  • Gerald Hunter, president and executive director, Idaho Housing and Finance Association;
  • Carol Galante, faculty director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, University of California-Berkeley; former HUD assistant secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner;
  • Ismael Guerrero, president and CEO, Mercy Housing; former executive director, Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver;
  • Maren Kasper, managing director, Bayview Asset Management; former acting president, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Ginnie Mae; former HUD senior advisor;
  • Jim King, CEO and president, Faye;
  • Chrystal Kornegay, executive director, MassHousing;
  • Shawn Krause, executive vice president, Quicken Loans;
  • Hunter Kurtz, former HUD assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing;
  • Lisa Rice, President and Cchief executive officer, National Fair Housing Alliance;
  • Avik Roy, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; president, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity; and
  • Dana Wade, Chief Production Officer, Walker & Dunlop; Former HUD assistant secretary for Housing/Federal Housing commissioner.