Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, emergency legislation is moving fast, crippling the rental housing industry. Across the country, state and local apartment associations are the industry’s first line of defense. They are steadfast in their efforts to protect housing providers’ rights, prevent adverse policy and drive forward legislation that supports the industry during these difficult times.
What’s the secret to their success? Join us for the next installment of the GART Virtual Learning Series to find out as we delve into the power of relationships and stakeholder engagement. Housing stability during the ongoing public health crisis is in everyone’s best interest. Learn how government affairs professionals use non-traditional partnerships to help get the rental housing industry’s policy goals over the finish line.
In this webinar, you will:
- Hear from colleagues who have successfully driven housing policy decisions through non-traditional collaboration; and
- Develop framework for engaging individuals, organizations and governmental partners when addressing housing concerns
About the Hosts
Moderator: Sam Gilboard, Manager of Public Policy, National Apartment Association (NAA)
Sam is a Manager of Public Policy at the NAA and engages on NAA’s development, sustainability, and small business issue portfolios. As part of the Public Policy team, Sam is responsible for providing detailed research and analysis of housing policy across the country. He delivers valuable insight to NAA members that drive positive outcomes for the housing industry.
Presenter 1: Nicola Whiteman, Esq., Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA-Metro)
Nicola is responsible for implementing and managing the comprehensive government affairs program that ensures robust advocacy of AOBA member interests before all county and municipal governments in the region. She oversees AOBA's political arm, the Metropolitan Washington Political Action Committee (METPAC) and directly handles AOBA's advocacy work in Montgomery County, MD.
Presenter 2 : Brett Waller, Director of Government Affairs, Washington Multifamily Housing Association (WMFHA)
Brett represents WMFHA member’s interests in local municipalities and throughout Washington State. Brett served on the King County Regional Affordable Housing Task Force's Standing Advisory Panel and was appointed to the King County Affordable Housing Committee. He also serves on the National Apartment Association's Legislative Committee, including the sub committee's on policy development and advocacy.