Thursday, October 12th, 2023 | 2:15 pm

Thursday, October 12th, 2023 | 2:15 pm

Big Wins in Housing Policy

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm
Included with registration
This session will unpack key legislative wins and losses for promising statewide pro-housing policies. We’ll examine what helped the Live Local Act in Florida and Senate Bills 245, 323, 382, 406, and 528 in Montana, and why ambitious proposals like the Housing Compact in New York and SB 213 in Colorado didn’t quite make it across the finish line – yet.
Presented By


Danielle Gonzalez

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Danielle Gonzalez concentrates on commercial real estate law. She represents national and local clients in connection with the acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of retail centers, office buildings, industrial parks, multi-family residential properties, self-storage centers, parking facilities, and raw-land developments throughout the United States. Danielle possesses vast experience advising on commercial leasing, and represents both landlords and tenants on leases covering all real estate asset classes. She represents sellers and purchasers with the acquisition and disposition of numerous types of real property. She counsels borrowers in connection with secured financings, including acquisition loans, refinances and defeasances. Danielle also has experience counseling retail clients on the development of shopping center pads for brand-specific uses, including the negotiation of ground leases, CC&Rs, easements and design guidelines. She also has experience with acquiring, developing and financing self-storage centers. Finally, she counsels owners and managers in the negotiation of property management, as well as parking facility, agreements.

Andrew Fine

Policy Director, Open New York


Andrew joined Open New York in November 2022 after running fair housing policy at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), where he helped shape Federal, State, and City legislation to advance equitable housing policy and played a central role in everything from the Where We Live NYC plan to the SoHo/NoHo rezoning. He also previously served as a judicial clerk in Albany and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City’s Law Department. He and his husband live in Brooklyn, and in his free time he loves exploring every nook and cranny of the five boroughs, from South Beach in Staten Island to Wave Hill in the Bronx.

Ashon Nesbitt

CEO, Florida Housing Coalition


Ashon Nesbitt is the CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition. A respected community and nonprofit leader, Mr. Nesbitt is an expert in housing finance, development and program administration, helping local governments with land use tools and creative models for affordable housing development. As a strong advocate for permanent affordability, Nesbitt has championed the expansion and professionalization of community land trusts throughout the state, overseeing the development of the Coalition’s nationally recognized Community Land Trust Certification Program. Mr. Nesbitt has also lead many of Coalition’s other initiatives and innovations, including the Nonprofit Capacity Building Institute and adaptive reuse, authoring the Eyesore to Asset: A Guidebook for Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Retail, designed to aid local governments and business leaders in their search for new models for local economic development. Mr. Nesbitt has two Masters Degrees from the University of Florida; a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Real Estate. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Florida A&M University.

Matt Frommer

Senior Transportation Associate, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)


Matt Frommer is Senior Transportation Associate at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and works to advance policies that cut transportation pollution, accelerate vehicle electrification, and build more healthy, walkable, and equitable communities. He works closely with policymakers and transportation planners to increase funding for multimodal transportation options like transit, biking, and walking, and support more efficient, compact land use. Matt’s goal is to make our communities less car-dependent and in the process, improve access to opportunity, lower emissions, and save people money on housing and transportation.

Prior to working on climate and transportation policy, Matt was an architect working on mixed-use and residential development in New York City and Abu Dhabi. Throughout his work in architecture, he gravitated toward projects that support sustainability and affordability, sparking an interest in climate, transportation, and land use that eventually brought him to SWEEP.

Dillon Lorda

Director, AEW


Dillon Lorda is a Director within AEW’s private investments team, focused exclusively on multi-family investment. Prior to joining AEW, Mr. Lorda was a Managing Member of Conrad Investment Management, where he utilized research-based metrics to target specific segments of the multifamily sector that were expected to have resilient income potential and led a team focused on underwriting and structuring those transactions. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Pension Consulting Alliance (now a part of Meketa Investment Group), consulting on a non-discretionary basis for the real estate accounts of major institutional investment plans. Prior to joining Pension Consulting Alliance in 2009, Mr. Lorda’s roles at prior firms included development, sourcing and underwriting of real estate assets focused on residential properties at both Del Mar Development and Time Equities. Before starting his real estate career in 2006, Mr. Lorda spent six years in international agricultural trading with Bunge and ED&F Man. Mr. Lorda earned a BA from Hamilton College and a MS in Real Estate Finance from New York University.