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

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

Off the Record: A Conversation on Federal Housing Policy

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm
Included with registration
Join this off-the-record discussion with key Congressional staff to discover the paths to passage for the Housing Supply and Affordability Act, the Yes in My Backyard Act, and the Build More Housing Near Transit Act.
Presented By


Elayne Weiss

Special Policy Advisor, Department of Housing and Urban Development


Elayne Weiss serves as a special policy advisor with the Federal Housing Administration. Prior to joining HUD, Elayne served as the Director of Housing, Community Development, and Insurance Policy with the House Committee on Financial Services under the leadership of Chairwoman Maxine Waters, where her work focused on homelessness and affordable rental housing. Elayne also worked as a senior policy analyst at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, where she advocated for increased funding for federal housing programs and was responsible for NLIHC’s work in the areas of criminal justice reform, homelessness, and fair housing, among other issues. Elayne holds a law degree from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University.

Madison Moskowitz

Senior Advisor, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)


Madison Moskowitz is Domestic Economic Policy Advisor for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden. She joined the Senator’s Washington, D.C. office in 2017, after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Oregon. Madison has led Senator Wyden’s work on housing since 2018, where she led the effort to establish and fund the first-ever federal radon testing and mitigation program in rental housing, and worked to pass pandemic relief assistance, including American Rescue Plan, which included 70,000 emergency housing vouchers for unhoused Americans. Madison also leads the Senator’s work on banking, economic development and small business. In her rare spare time, she enjoys taking her dog to neighborhood dog parks and appreciating the architecture of Capitol Hill. 

Ryan Fecteau

Senior Advisor, Community Development & Strategic Initiatives, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, State of Maine


Prior to joining GOPIF, Ryan served as Speaker of the Maine House Representatives from 2020 to 2022. He was, at the time, the youngest presiding officer in the nation and the first openly gay speaker in Maine’s history. He also served as the Maine House Assistant Majority Leader and as Chair of the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development during his terms in the Maine Legislature from 2014 to 2022.

Ryan’s primary legislative achievements included the creation of a state tax incentive for affordable housing, instituting housing-friendly zoning and land use regulations, investing in vocational and trade schools, implementing a child care worker wage stipend, and expanding dental coverage to over 200,000 Mainers. Ryan graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2014. He has previously worked for a construction trade publication, a food insecurity non-profit, a data and analytics firm, and operated two small businesses. He resides in his hometown of Biddeford with his partner and two doodles Pancake and Jax.

Robert Ordway

Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN)


Robert Ordway is a Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). He is responsible for budget, appropriations and taxes as well as coalitions. Before arriving on Capitol Hill, Robert was a Director at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) where he covered several issues including housing, land use and zoning. Prior to arriving in DC, Robert lived in Indiana and was appointed by his Mayor to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for the City of Valparaiso. During that same time, he was also a Level 3 Certified Commercial Assessor for Porter County. For over a decade, Robert has been an advocate for the expansion and double tracking of the South Shore Line, the nation’s last interurban commuter rail line that connects Chicago to South Bend.

Greg Brown

SVP Government Affairs, National Apartment Association


Greg Brown is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Apartment Association (NAA), the leading voice for the rental housing industry in the United States. Brown directs all advocacy and industry research efforts for a federation of 141 affiliated apartment associations representing nearly 100,000 members and 11 million apartment homes.  
Before joining NAA, Brown spent twelve years in the advocacy arena, working with diverse stakeholders in the housing sector, from city and county agencies to large publicly-traded corporations and small, independent operators. He obtained a Masters degree in public administration from American University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Texas A&M University.