ULI Northwest | Elevate: Housing Summit


2023-10-10T12:00:00 - 2023-10-10T19:00:00

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    Patricia Reser Center for the Arts 12625 SW Crescent St Beaverton, OR 97005 UNITED STATES
    Join the Urban Land Institute Northwest on October 10th for a day of exciting speakers, invigorating discussions, innovative ideas, and tangible actions that can make a real difference to housing in the Pacific Northwest. We will feature discussion on local housing policy, engagement of the development community and feature innovative projects that are helping spur productivity in our area.


    Early Pricing Until September 4 Members Non-Members
    Private $120.00 $160.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $85.00 $115.00
    Retired $85.00 N/A
    Student $60.00 $80.00
    Under Age 35 $85.00 $115.00
    Standard Pricing Until October 6
    Private $150.00 $200.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $110.00 $150.00
    Retired $110.00 N/A
    Student $80.00 $110.00
    Under Age 35 $110.00 $150.00
    Late Pricing Begins October 7
    Private $165.00 $220.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $125.00 $170.00
    Retired $125.00 N/A
    Student $95.00 $130.00
    Under Age 35 $125.00 $170.00


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    2023-10-10T11:00:00 - 2023-10-10T12:00:00
    Central City Task Force: Value Proposition Committee Listening Session
    2023-10-10T12:00:00 - 2023-10-10T12:30:00
    Registration + Networking
    2023-10-10T12:40:00 - 2023-10-10T13:30:00
    Keynote Speaker - Greg Bell
    2023-10-10T13:30:00 - 2023-10-10T13:40:00
    Current State of Housing
    2023-10-10T13:40:00 - 2023-10-10T14:40:00
    Housing Policy Panel
    2023-10-10T14:40:00 - 2023-10-10T15:00:00
    SLAM! Poetry
    2023-10-10T15:00:00 - 2023-10-10T16:15:00
    Alignment to Policy Panel
    2023-10-10T16:15:00 - 2023-10-10T16:30:00
    Musical Entertainment
    2023-10-10T16:30:00 - 2023-10-10T17:30:00
    Project Presentations
    2023-10-10T17:30:00 - 2023-10-10T19:00:00
    Reception + Networking

    Introducing ELEVATE: Portland Housing Summit 2023!

    Are you ready to dive into the dynamic world of housing? Join us for the highly anticipated ELEVATE: Housing Summit in Portland, where visionaries, thought leaders, policy makers and experts come together to explore groundbreaking strategies and innovative solutions shaping the city's housing landscape.

    Why Attend?
    1. Unparalleled Networking: Connect with a diverse community of real estate professionals, policymakers, architects, developers, and housing advocates, all sharing the common goal of revolutionizing urban housing.
    2. Cutting-edge Insights: Gain exclusive access to insights from industry pioneers, experts, and more. Discover the latest trends and sustainable practices driving Portland's housing evolution.
    3. Inclusive Housing Solutions: Contribute to meaningful discussions about creating housing solutions that cater to all income levels. Explore ways to foster an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community while addressing affordability challenges.
    4. Policy and Advocacy: Engage with policymakers and be a part of conversations that can influence future housing policies, ensuring a vibrant and resilient housing market.
    5. Thought-provoking Speakers: Hear from influential voices who have driven real change in housing and urban development. Their stories will inspire and challenge your perspective.

    Line-Up and Highlights:

    [Add On Session] Portland Central City Task Force Housing Listening Session: What needs to happen to attract more housing development to help the Central City recover? In these breakout sessions earlier in the day, you will discuss a vision for housing in Central City and ideas you think the Task Force should explore to remove barriers and spur development. This listening session is part of broader information gathering that will go directly to the Task Force's Value Proposition Committee, one of the five Task Force committees. The Task Force is moving quickly to develop a plan by the Oregon Business Council’s Leadership Summit on December 11th. If you wish to register for this add on session please make sure you add to you event registration.

    Keynote: Exploring innovation, leadership, and the key to success: courage.
    Policy Panel: Join moderator Michael Andersen, and panelists Madeline Kovacs, Sarah Zahn, and Ethan Stuckmayer for a deep dive into the policies surrounding housing and development here in Portland, in Oregon, and beyond.

    Alignment Panel: Join Kimberly Branam as she guides us through a discission with Patricia Rojas, Damian Hall, and Margaret Salazar on how we align solutions with housing policy.

    Topical Presentations: Hear from local industry professionals and experts on how they are doing the work right here in your city, and maybe even your own neighborhood.

    Happy Hour from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join us at the ELEVATE: Housing Summit 2023 and be part of the conversation that will define the future of urban living in the greater Portland area. Together, let's create a more inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant city for all residents. Secure your spot at the forefront of Portland's housing evolution. Limited seats available. Register now! 

    Events like this are only possible thanks to generous sponsors. Special thanks to:
    For inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, contact Jen Kelly at [email protected].

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to contribute to Portland's housing narrative. See you at the summit!



    Patricia Rojas

    Patricia Rojas joined Metro as its’ first Regional Housing Director in March of 2021. There, she leads a team dedicated to advancing housing justice and racial equity through the implementation of the 2018 Metro Affordable Housing Bond and 2020 Metro Supportive Housing Services. Prior to her time at Metro, she served as the Deputy Director of Multnomah County's Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS), playing an essential role in the internal operations and outward facing work of the JOHS. From 2013 through 2018, Patricia served as the Executive Director of El Programa Hispano Católico where she established the organization as a 501c3 and helped to strengthen a growing portfolio of culturally specific wrap-around services in the Latinx community. A passionate advocate for equity, justice and opportunity, Patricia has worked to improve and expand services in the areas of housing, health, domestic and sexual violence, education, economic stability and safety for Oregon’s growing Latinx community.


    Madeline Kovacs


    For Adre, I focus on on project and construction management, stakeholder interface, and leading the consultant teams. I have over a decade of experience in policy research and organizing for more just and sustainable climate, housing, and land use policies. My early career was as a youth climate organizer, both domestically and at the UNFCCC. I began to focus more on the built environment with graduate work in land use planning at Portland State, and advocacy for housing and zoning reforms in Portland and Oregon. Most notably, I coordinated the Portland for Everyone coalition with 1000 Friends of Oregon, organized to pass HB 2001 during the 2019 legislative session with Sightline Institute, and co-founded Portland: Neighbors Welcome. Previously, I also served as a project manager and deputy to the owner with local middle housing developer and general contractor Orange Splot LLC. Most recently, I served as the Deputy to the Owner at UrbanRoost Development LLC, a small local real estate company building less-expensive "middle" infill homes. I currently serve as a fundraising advisor for the Parking Reform Network, and a member of the Executive Council for AARP Oregon. I am a 2018 Skidmore Prize recipient, among other awards, and have a BA in Political Science from Macalester College.


    Michael Anderson

    Sightline Institute

    Michael Andersen is Senior Housing Researcher and Transportation Lead with Sightline Institute. Since 2006, he has been writing about ways better municipal policy can help break poverty cycles, with a focus on housing and transportation. Michael’s work before joining Sightline in 2018 included reporting and editing for print and web in Longview and Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. He lives in Portland with a beautiful woman, a kid, and a cat. They park their car in the street.


    Greg Bell

    Greg Bell Consulting

    More than just a motivational speaker, Greg Bell is a thought leader, business consultant, and leadership seminar trainer. His popular books—Water The Bamboo®: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals and What's Going Well? The Question That Changes Everything—have inspired an array of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Disney, ManpowerGroup, Kaiser Permanente and Comcast, to athletic teams like the Portland Trailblazers, Oregon Ducks Football, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs Basketball. As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, Greg has learned that the key to success is having the courage to use the skills you already have to achieve a result greater than you previously imagined. Inspiring and energizing audiences with his engaging storytelling, Greg shares his knowledge with excitement and passion. His ability to masterfully blend insight and encouragement with just the right dose of reality makes him the consistently top-rated keynote speaker at major conferences. A Certified Speaking Professional (the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association), Greg influences thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs each year with his innate ability to connect personally with audience members. Greg holds political science and law degrees from the University of Oregon and currently serves on the UO Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also the force behind Coaches vs. Cancer - a campaign for the American Cancer Society that has raised over $100 million for cancer research. In addition to his corporate leadership experience, Bell is a TEDx Talk alum and serves on the advisory board for the Portland TEDx conference series.


    Margaret Salazar

    Field Office Director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Salazar is the outgoing Pacific Northwest Regional Administrator for HUD’s Region X (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska) and the incoming CEO for REACH Community Development in Portland. Prior to this role, she served in the cabinet of Oregon Governor Kate Brown as Executive Director of Oregon Housing Community Services (OHCS), the state’s Housing Finance Agency. During her five-year tenure at the helm, OHCS tripled its production of affordable rental housing, created nearly 1,000 units of Permanent Supportive Housing statewide, deployed $500 million in emergency rental assistance, passed legislation to expand racial equity in homelessness programs, and expanded mortgage lending to homebuyers of color. A national leader in affordable housing finance, Salazar previously served in leadership roles in HUD Headquarters, where she stewarded the Rental Assistance Demonstration and financed the recapitalization of hundreds of properties while safeguarding affordability for thousands of vulnerable seniors and families. Salazar began her career in philanthropy, funding community organizations working for social and economic justice across the Western States. A long-time housing advocate, she led a successful grassroots campaign for just cause eviction protections in Oakland, California in 2002.  Salazar is a graduate of Wesleyan University and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and has served on the Boards of Directors of the Low-Income Investment Fund, National Housing Trust, and National Council of State Housing Agencies. She grew up on a cherry orchard in Hood River, Oregon and is proud to call the Pacific Northwest home.


    Kimberly Branam

    Executive Director, Prosper Portland

    Ms. Kimberly Branam, Executive Director for Prosper Portland, is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the city’s economic development and urban renewal agency. In her previous position as Deputy Director, Ms. Branam oversaw the delivery of programs and initiatives within the Central City, Neighborhood and Business & Industry Divisions to further the agency’s strategic objectives. Ms. Branam came to Prosper Portland after spending four years leading Mayor Sam Adams’ economic development agenda, first as then-Commissioner Adams’ Senior Policy Director for Economic Development & Workforce Development and then as Director of Economic Development in the Mayor’s Office. In this latter role, Ms. Branam oversaw the development, adoption and implementation of the City’s first economic development strategy in 15 years on the Mayor’s behalf. Prior to working for Mayor Adams, Ms. Branam earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, she consulted to the US Treasury on the strengthening of targeted public/private partnerships and spent time working in Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office. Before attending Harvard, Ms. Branam worked for the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Her work focused on education and community development in a rural village. After the Peace Corps, Ms. Branam remained in West Africa to serve as a community development project manager for Catholic Relief Services. Ms. Branam is a third generation Portlander, and a graduate of Grant High School and Colby College in Maine.


    Cadence Petros

    Project Director, ECONorthwest

    Cadence is a Project Director at ECONorthwest with 23 years of experience implementing urban renewal, housing, parking, and downtown revitalization goals to help build vibrant neighborhoods that foster a sense of belonging and meet the needs of all community members. Whether negotiating public private partnership agreements, developing civic projects, establishing affordable housing programs, or creating implementation strategies, Cadence uses problem solving skills, flexible thinking, team building, and clear communication to articulate and meet goals and objectives. Cadence graduated from Pomona College and holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Cadence served as Development Division Manager at the City of Beaverton, a role that built upon her legal experience counseling local jurisdictions and nonprofit organizations.


    Jill Sherman

    Co-Founder, Partner, Edlen & Co

    Jill is a Co-Founder of Edlen & Co. and leads the company's public-private partnerships and work with non-profits, facilitating the important work of nonprofits and public agencies in our communities. Her projects at Edlen & Co., and previously at Gerding Edlen which she joined in 2003, include affordable housing, community facilities and mixed-use developments. Jill sources new deals and manages all aspects of the development process, with a depth of experience at integrating non-conventional sources of financing including tax credits and urban renewal funds. She holds a Master's of Urban Studies from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served on the City of Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission and currently serves on the board of Architectural Foundation of Oregon and as an Advisory Board member for Portland State University's Center for Real Estate.


    Jessy Ledesma

    Founder & Principal, HomeWork Development

    Jessy Ledesma is the Founder and Principal of HomeWork Development and co-developer of Shortstack Housing. Jessy founded HomeWork Development in early 2021 with a vision to build a new model for inclusive and responsive housing development. Prior to HomeWork, Jessy was Director of Development at Beam Development and previously developed affordable housing for both non-profit and for-profit ownership. With over 16 years of development experience in the Portland area, Jessy has transacted over $200M in development volume across 20 projects. This includes over 600 affordable housing units and 200,000 SF of commercial developments. Jessy is adept at creative structuring, including navigating complex for-profit/non-profit partnerships and layered financing stacks.


    Sarah Zahn

    Director of Development, Security Properties

    Sarah Zahn is an experienced real estate development professional with a passion for projects that strengthen communities and improve the urban environment in which we live. As director of development at Security Properties, she focuses on new business and acquisitions, as well as on management of predevelopment, construction, and project financing. Sarah has been working in real estate development for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Security Properties, she was COO at Urban Development Partners, and has also worked for Gerding Edlen and Our Just Future. Sarah is currently the Vice Chair of the Portland/SW Washington Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, and she is a member of both the local Urban Product Council and a National Product Council. She is the treasure of the Housing Development Center Board of Directors, and she is also the chair of Oregon Smart Growth.

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