Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Principals Round Table: Affordable Housing in the DC Region

4:00 am - 6:00 am

Signature Series

Principals Round Table

Please join the SMPS DC Chapter, industry professionals and leaders on October 21st for a discussion of affordable housing in the DC region.

What You'll Learn


The program will open with a panel discussion including large and small developers with both affordable housing and market-rate residential backgrounds, as well as leaders driving policy and building creative partnerships. Their comments will be followed with ample time for Q+A, allowing a robust discussion between attendees.

  • What does it take to get a deal done in the current economic climate?
  • How can A/E/C firms contribute to the viability and success of affordable housing projects? What are owners looking for from their A/E/C teams?
  • How does the execution of affordable projects differ from market-rate?
  • As the urban centers of our region evolve, what is the role of affordable housing in building diverse sustainable communities? How can the non-profit and for-profit sectors collaborate to drive success?

  • Buwa Binitie, Managing Principal of Dantes Partners, directs the acquisition, development, management and financial activities of the firm. Mr. Binitie has an extensive tax credit financing experience (LIHTC, NMTC and HTC) and has closed on financing from nearly every public capital source available including HOME, HPTF, NSP, CDBG and NIF. Mr. Binitie’s career is underscored by a commitment to creating and preserving affordable and workforce housing. Since founding Dantes Partners, Mr. Binitie and his team have closed over $300 million of unconventional real estate transactions that utilize low-income tax credits, new market tax credits, tax-exempt bonds and a various other forms of alternative financing. These efforts have led to the creation of over 1,000 units of workforce and affordable housing.
  • Suzanne K. Welch, Senior Real Estate Development Officer at Community Preservation and Development Corporation, a premier affordable housing non-profit developer in the mid-Atlantic Region. Over the past 25 years, CPDC has redeveloped and revitalized over 24 properties with more than 4,600 units of high quality affordable housing, serving over 9,000 residents, spanning across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, representing an investment of over $550 million. Ms. Welch works on acquisitions, new construction and redevelopment projects undertaken by CPDC. Her responsibilities include undertaking the financial feasibility, securing project financing and entitlements, and overseeing the acquisition and construction of new affordable and mixed income housing units and rehabilitation and preservation of existing, occupied affordable housing. Ms. Welch holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Baltimore and is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.
  • Doris Topel Gantos, Senior Vice President of Bozzuto Development Company, brings 30 years of real estate experience to her role in overseeing the development of more than 1,000 units annually. Supervising a team of developers, her work at Bozzuto Development has focused on overseeing the development of mixed-use and mixed-income projects including The Cadence at Crown Farm, Pierce Queen Apartments, The Frasier, The Esplanade at National Harbor, vPoint, 100 Park at Wyomissing Square, Monroe Place at Woodland Park Crossing, and The Tuscany Apartments.
    Prior to joining Bozzuto Development Company, Doris was senior vice president of Bozzuto Management Company where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the management company. During her tenure, Bozzuto Management Company’s portfolio grew from approximately 6,000 to 22,000 units.
  • Stacey Mickelson, Vice President, Government Relations for ArtSpace
    Mr. Mickelson was raised in Minot, North Dakota, and represented that community for six years in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Elected in 1994, he was one of the youngest legislators in the state’s history. He went on to win subsequent elections in 1996 and 1998 before retiring from elective office. As Vice President of Government Relations he was responsible for the public funding effort of the Minnesota Cowles Center campaign, leading a team that secured $12 million from the Minnesota Legislature. He has also secured nearly $1 million in federal funds for education efforts at the Cowles Center for Dance, resulting in the creation of a national award winning technology-based distance education program with a global reach. Together with Artspace staff and other leaders he has helped secure additional funds, numbering in the millions, to support other key projects in the Artspace portfolio.
  • Allison Ladd, Chief of Staff of Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Additional Details

Registration & Event Details


Metro: Farragut West (Orange, Blue, Silver) | Farragut North (Red)

Parking: Garage on site

Credits: 1.5 CEUs (Domain 3)

Questions: Joe Monahan, 703.450.0800 x 1031


Member: $60

Non-Member: $75

Board Member: $40

CPSM: $50