Are We Becoming A Nation of Renters?

May 22, 2012 // 8:00am4:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Three years after the 2008 financial crisis, America’s housing market still languishes and millions of families are losing their grip on “The American Dream.” Join us for an in-depth conference featuring policymakers, practicing mortgage capital experts, and academics to discuss the concrete steps forward to repairing and improving America’s mortgage finance system.

**Presentations that will be webcast

8:30 – 8:55 AM
Hon. Bob Corker: U.S. Senator (R-TN); Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection

PANEL I: How did the mortgage finance pipes become clogged?
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Joshua Rosner, Managing Director, Graham Fisher & Co.
Kerry Vandell, Dean’s Professor of Finance, University of California, Irvine
John Worth, Chief Economist, National Credit Union Administration
Moderator: Nick Timiraos – The Wall Street Journal

PANEL II: How does the mortgage finance plumbing work today?
10:15 – 11:15 AM
Anthony Sanders, Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Finance, George Mason University
Tomasz Piskorski, Edward S. Gordon Associate Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School
Mark Palim, Director of Economics, Fannie Mae 
Moderator:  Vincent Fiorillo – DoubleLine Capital

11:20 – 11:50 AM
Jim Millstein, Chairman, Millstein & Co. LLC; former Chief Restructuring Officer, U.S. Treasury Department 

POLL RESULTS: Homeownership and The American Dream**
1:15 – 1:45 PM
Dave Sackett, Partner, The Tarrance Group
Discussant: Kent Hughes – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

PANEL III: Bringing out the plumber: restarting private mortgage financing
1:50 – 3:05 PM
Michael Waldorf, Managing Director, Paulson & Co.
Andrew Davidson, President, Andrew Davidson & Co.
Alan Boyce, CEO, Absalon (a joint venture between VP SECURITIES and Soros Fund Management)
David Stevens, President and CEO, Mortgage Bankers Association
Moderator: Chris Katopis – Association of Mortgage Investors

PANEL IV: Where’s the consumer in all of this?
3:10 – 4:05 PM
Andrew Jakabovics, Senior Director, Policy Development and Research, Enterprise Community Partners
Janneke Ratcliffe, Executive Director, Center for Community Capital, University of North Carolina
Anthony Hutchinson, Senior Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors
Moderator: Blair Ruble – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

4:15 – 5:30 PM

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Managing Director, Graham Fisher and Company
  • U.S. Senator, Tennessee; Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Dean’s Professor of Finance, University of California, Irvine
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Finance, George Mason University
  • Edward S. Gordon Associate Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School
  • Director of Economics, Fannie Mae
  • DoubleLine Capital
  • Kent Hughes // Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute


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