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Terner & HUD Technology Series: Using Technology to Plan for New Housing Supply

  • January 17, 2024

Terner Labs' work on this event is generously supported by the Howard & Irene Levine Family Foundation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Terner Labs jointly invite you to the second virtual symposium of the Housing Technology Series: Planning for New Supply on January 18, 2024 at 10am PST

This event will encompass how technology is affecting civic engagement related to housing development and how state and local governments, developers, and advocates are using technology when planning for new housing supply.The symposium will feature two live-streamed panels, focusing on community engagement and the role of policy and development.

  1. Using Technology to Engage Residents in Housing Development and Land Use Planning

  2. Using Technology to Enable Developers, Planners and Policymakers to Improve Zoning Codes and Select Sites for Housing Development

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More about the Housing Technology Series

Announced by HUD Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge, at the Innovative Housing Showcase last June, the Housing Technology Series convenes public sector leaders, housing experts, technologists, entrepreneurs, practitioners and more to spotlight technological innovations propelling the housing sector forward, emphasizing the creation of strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities and quality affordable homes. The series also provides an opportunity to identify and address challenges related to the use of new technologies in the housing sector and strengthen collaboration between public and private sectors to bolster progress and reduce risks


Moderated by Claudia Monterrosa and Beth Lynk of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Alex Casey

Alexander Casey is the Director for the Data Solutions Lab, the Terner Labs program to create analytical tools and datasets to inform more data-based government decisions. He brings public-facing and managerial experience in housing policy research and real estate economics. Prior to joining the Terner team, Alexander worked as a senior manager and policy advisor on Zillow Group’s Economic Research team, analyzing housing data to provide insights and expertise to government, non-profit, and media organizations. Before that, he worked on consumer protection issues for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Alexander holds an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

Annemarie Gray

Annemarie Gray is the Executive Director of Open New York, the state's leading grassroots pro-housing advocacy organization. Prior to this role she served for nearly three years as a senior advisor in City Hall overseeing land use and fair housing policy across two Mayoral administrations under Deputy Mayor Vicki Been and Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer. She previously worked for the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Cambridge Housing Authority in Cambridge, MA. She holds a master’s degree from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ceasar McDowell

Ceasar McDowell is a Professor of the Practice of Civic Design at MIT and Associate Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is also Associate Director of the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, and Chair of the Master in City Planning Program within DUSP. Ceasar teaches on civic and community engagement and the use of social technology to enhance both. His current work is on the design of civic infrastructures and processes to connect the increasingly demographically complex public. He co-hosts the WeWhoEngage, a podcast series on civic design. Ceasar brings his deep commitment to the work of building beloved, just and equitable communities that are able to – as his friend Carl Moore says – ”struggle with traditions that bind and the interests that separate in order to build a future that is an equitable improvement on the past.”

Chris Adams

Chris is national leader in citizen engagement, public policy and facilitation, and President of Balancing Act by Polco. Founded in 2015, Balancing Act is an award-winning provider of simulation-based public engagement tools for citizens and government leaders to tackle complex challenges through productive public input. Previously, Chris founded public engagement strategy firm Engaged Public, and was Director and Associate Director of The Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley, California. He has published more than 100 essays in publications including The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, Governing, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He is a past speaker at the distinguished Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, delivering five presentations on the theme “Values and Ethics in a Fragile World.” Adams is the former president of the board of Denver Urban Gardens, a network of more than 100 community gardens. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Colorado.

Dan Reed

Dan Reed, AICP (they/them) is Greater Greater Washington’s regional policy director, focused on housing and land use policy in Maryland and Northern Virginia. For a decade prior, Dan was a transportation planner working with communities all over North America to make their streets safer, enjoyable, and equitable. Their writing has appeared in publications including Washingtonian, CityLab, and Shelterforce, as well as Just Up The Pike, a neighborhood blog founded in 2006. Dan received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland.

Hana Carey

Hana (she/her) is the Manager of Programs and Partnerships at Cortico, a non-profit whose mission is to bring underheard voices to the center of stronger civic spaces. She is deeply committed to education and youth development with a background in both schools and youth-centered non-profits where she advocated for equitable access to civics education across the country.

‍Kevin Donnelly

Kevin Donnelly is VP for Govt Affairs, Technology and Strategic Initiatives at the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and represents the interests of the multifamily industry before the federal government focusing on technology, connectivity, risk management and their intersection with housing policy. Kevin is a part of NMHC’s Innovation and Technology team and leads its Intelligent Buildings and Connectivity Committee and its Risk Management Working Group. Kevin has spent over 17 years in the public policy arena at leading real estate trade associations and on Capitol Hill. Kevin received his BA from Rutgers University and his Masters in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University.

Olivia Ramos

Olivia Ramos, founder, and CEO of Deepblocks, has leveraged her expertise in real estate development, software design, and Big Data to lead a team in developing an innovative technology that offers a comprehensive and scalable view of cities, evaluates their development potential, and streamlines the process of identifying viable sites for new construction. This technology expedites the efficiency of site selection and feasibility analysis in real estate from months to minutes.Ramos holds master's degrees in Architecture from Columbia University and Real Estate Development from the University of Miami. Her significant achievements include designing groundbreaking Big Data navigation software for the Department of Defense's DARPA Innovation House. This work and her recognition by Singularity University's GSP and accelerator program were instrumental in founding Deepblocks.

Sara Bronin

Sara C. Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, and policymaker who founded and directs the National Zoning Atlas. She is a professor (on public service leave) from Cornell University. Among other relevant services, she founded Desegregate Connecticut and led the nationally recognized efforts of the City of Hartford to draft and adopt a climate action plan, city plan, and zoning code overhaul. Bronin has consulted for public and private entities, including on zoning reform, project construction, and litigation strategy. She received a J.D. from Yale Law School (as a Truman Scholar), an M.Sc. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a B.Arch. and B.A. (Plan II) from the University of Texas. She currently serves as the Senate-confirmed Chair of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, but she is not presenting in that capacity today.

Taiwo Jaiyeoba

Taiwo has served as City Manager for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina since February 2022. Prior to joining the City of Greensboro, Taiwo was an Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning with the City of Charlotte. As Planning Director, Taiwo led the development of

Charlotte’s Award-winning 2040 Comprehensive Plan.Taiwo is a national speaker and currently a national board member and Vice President of mPact (formerly Railvolution). mPact is a network of industry leaders and advocates focused on the interplay of transit, mobility and development in creating great places to live – for everyone; and a national board member of the Housing Supply Accelerator (a partnership between the American Planning Association and the National League of Cities). This partnership brings together local governments, community planners, builders, financial institutions, policy groups and state and federal partners to develop, align and advance solutions for housing supply challenges at the local level. He is a member of the American Planning Association, Women’s Transportation Seminar and the American Public Transportation Association. Taiwo has a Masters’ degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ife University, Nigeria and is a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management Certificate in Leadership.