To advance City, State and Federal policies and funding to support the development and preservation of decent and affordable housing for all New Yorkers. NYHC is a nonprofit affordable housing policy and advocacy organization.  We support decent affordable housing for all New Yorkers. We analyze public policy, educate and convene stakeholders and raise public awareness regarding New York’s need for affordable housing. We are a broad-based coalition comprised of a balanced mix of nonprofit and private developers, owners, managers, professionals, and funders of affordable housing.


Rachel Fee Executive Director (646) 923-8542

Brendan Cheney Director of Policy and Operations (646) 627-6262

Shakti Robbins-Cubas Senior Policy Analyst (929) 534-2975

Nadley Reid Administrative Manager (718) 587-0866

Board Members

Alexa Sewell, NYHC Co-Chair Settlement Housing

Mathew Wambua, NYHC Co-Chair Merchants Capital President

Sharmi Sobhan, NYHC Treasurer Chase Community Development Banking Executive Director

Ralph Fasano, NYHC Secretary Concern for Independent Living Executive Director

Christine Coletta Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP Partner

Nicole Ferreira Beacon Communities LLC Executive Vice President Development

Todd Gomez Bank of America Merrill Lynch Senior Vice President

Daniel Moritz The Arker Companies Principal

Matthew Murphy NYU Furman Center Executive Director

Anthony Richardson CREA, LLC Managing Director, NY Syndications

Gary Rodney Tishman Speyer Managing Director, Affordable Housing Acquisitions & Development

Mirtha Santana Urban Hub at Cornell Tech Fellow

Lloyd W. Brown, II; Board Emeritus Citi Managing Director; Director of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and Fair Lending

Carol Lamberg, Lifetime Trustee

Peter Procida Procida Development Group Manager

Liz Oakley Douglaston Development Executive Vice President for Affordable Development

Bryan Kelly Gotham Development President of Development

Meghan C. Altidor Nixon Peabody LLP  Partner 

Advisory Board

Peter Alizio, A-1 Realty Management
Douglas Apple, 1811 Consulting, LLC
Hercules Argyriou, Mega Contracting
Leo Asen, AARP
Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick LLP
Sam Bielle-Fischer, BrightPower
Nicole Branca, New Destiny Housing
Joanie Straussman Brandon, NeighborWorks America
Chuck Brass, Forsyth Street Advisors
Thomas Brown, Trinity Financial
Jim Buckley, University Neighborhood Housing Program
Erin Burns-Maine, Community Preservation Corporation
Peter Cannava, Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital
Susan Camerata, The Wavecrest Management Team Ltd.
Bernie Carr, Benchmark Title Agency, LLC
Louise Carrol, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Wellington Chen, Chinatown Partnership
Andrea Cianfrani, LiveOn NY
Lorraine Collins, Zillow
Peter Cook, New York State Council of Churches
Salvatore D’Avola, Neighborhood Restore/Restored Homes HDFC
Beatriz de la Torre, Trinity Church Wall Street
Michelle de la Uz, Fifth Avenue Committee
Serena Deng, The Hudson Companies
Harry DeRienzo, Banana Kelly CIA, Inc.
Matt Dunbar, Habitat for Humanity New York City and Westchester
Kathleen Dunn, KA Dunn Consulting & Development
Peter Elkowitz, Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc.
Judy Engel, Engel & Partners Inc.
Peter Florey, D&F Development Group
Rella Fogliano, The MacQuesten Companies
Moses Gates, Regional Plan Association
Basha Gerhards, REBNY
Richard Gerwitz, Citi Community Capital
Mark Ginsberg, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP
John Gleber, Mizuho Americas
David Goldstein, Goldstein Hall PLLC
Kirk Goodrich, Monadnock Development
Marc Greenberg, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Bernell Grier, Impaact Brooklyn
Rick Gropper, Camber Property Group
David E. Gross, GF 55 Partners Inc.
Baaba Halm, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
David Hanzel, Capital One
Yoav Haron, Artimus Construction, Inc.
Ted Houghton, Gateway Housing
Marc Jahr, Forysth Street Advisors
Bryan Kelly, Gotham Organization
Stephanie Knepper, SKA Marin
Sydelle Knepper, SKA Marin
Annalyse Komoroske Denio, LeadingAge New York
Emily Kurtz, Riseboro
Frank Lang, St. Nicks Alliance
Michael Lappin, MLappin & Associates
Robert Lehrman, Lodestone Banking Consultancy Inc.
Jeff Levine, Douglaston Development / Levine Builders
John Madeo, Mountco Construction and Development Corp.
Dan Margulies, Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, Inc.
Marvin Markus, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Dan Martin, NYC Housing Partnership
Thomas McCormack, BNY Mellon
Moshe McKie-Krisberg, Richman Housing Resources LLC
Jolie Milstein, New York State Association for Affordable Housing
Niall Murray, Rockabill Consulting & Development
Spencer Orkus, L+M Development Partners
Gwen O’Shea, Community Development Corporation of Long Island
Christie Peale, Center for New York City Neighborhoods
Richard Roberts, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC
Anthony Richardson, CREA LLC
Brenda Rosen, Breaking Ground
Stephen Salup, Starrett Corporation
Eugene Schneur, Omni New York, LLC
Denise Scott, LISC
Blair Sebastian, NYS Rural Advocates
Wendi Shafran, FX Collaborative
Kirsten Shaw, Low Income Investment Fund
Tony Shitemi, Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC
Richard Singer, Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP
Michael Siroka, Hudson Housing Capital LLC
Howard Slatkin, Citizens Housing and Planning Council
Susan Stamler, United Neighborhood Houses
Amy Stokes, Monadnock Development
Joan Straussman Brandon, NeighborWorks
Joan Tally, Morgan Stanley
Todd Trehubenko, M&T Realty Capital Corporation
Daron Tubian, Barings Real Estate
Deborah VanAmerongen, Nixon Peabody LLP
David Walsh, Chase
Andrew Warren, TD Bank
Adam Weinstein, The Phipps Houses Group
Eli Weiss, Joy Construction Corp.
Joseph Weisbord, JRW Strategies
Steven Weiss, Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP
Barika Williams, AHND
Mark Willis, NYU Furman Center
Valerie White, LISC NYC
John Woelfling, Dattner Architects
Evelyn Wolff, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
Emily Youssouf, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
Raymond Yu, Yuco
Jordyn Zitman, Douglaston Development


New York Housing Conference (NYHC) was established in 1973 by Clara Fox, an icon in the affordable housing industry. The organization, formed to protest the Nixon housing moratorium, was co-chaired in by Nancy Le Blanc of Mobilization for Youth. Carol Lamberg was Staff Director from 1973 until 2007 and then became Co-Chair from 2008 until 2014. Originally known as the Coalition to Save Housing, the name was changed three years later to New York Housing Conference, and the coalition affiliated with the National Housing Conference to strengthen NYHC’s capacity to advocate for affordable housing policy in the nation’s capital. In response to the federal government’s retreat from urban housing programs in 1970s, NYHC initially focused on bringing attention to the need for expanded federal housing programs, the preservation of public and private affordable housing developments, and additional investment in government-assisted housing and community development. NYHC has long engaged in education efforts related to the impact of federal housing program changes on the housing needs of New Yorkers.

NYHC’s long history includes advocating for New York City’s low- and middle-income households. In the late 1970s, Clara Fox, in her capacity as Executive Director of Settlement Housing Fund, led the rescue of Manhattan Plaza, the 1688-unit development for performing artists that began the revitalization of Times Square. After the Reagan Administration ended, support for new construction and substantial rehabilitation, NYHC began to focus on local solutions. NYHC became an effective leader on the local level by playing a major role in supporting Mayor Koch’s 10-year, $5 billion Capital Spending Plan, and by providing critical education in advancing his Housing New York legislation. At the onset of the Bloomberg administration, NYHC presented a review of city housing programs to the Mayor, recommending measures to expand and preserve the city’s affordable housing stock. Many of NYHC’s recommendations were incorporated into the Mayor’s groundbreaking New Housing Marketplace Plan, which he later unveiled at NYHC/NHC’s Annual Awards Luncheon, a premier industry event for networking and housing policy discussion in New York State. The program met with immediate success and was eventually expanded to 165,000 units over 10 years.

NYHC was also included in Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan Implementation Advisory Board providing input in his ambitious 200,000-unit affordable initiative. NYHC has effectively maintained a statewide presence over the years. NYHC developed and co-sponsored New York’s first conference on Housing and Environmental Regulation. NYHC has proposed and advocated for major state-wide multi-year housing programs to preserve and revitalize communities, stimulate additional private investment, retain and attract a skilled workforce, create thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic activity. It has consistently worked to advance the call for affordable housing statewide through coalition building at the grassroots level as well as in partnership with other housing organizations. After the passing of Clara Fox in 2007, NYHC undertook a structured reorganization under Judy Calogero, incorporating as a 501c3, implementing an education program for housing professionals and creating the Young Leadership Council which offers education, networking and advocacy opportunities to the emerging leaders working in the affordable housing community.

Under the current leadership of Executive Director Rachel Fee, NYHC is reinvigorating its policy presence at city, state and federal level by expanding its advisory board, creating active communication and programs to engage stakeholders and implementing top policy priorities with primary focus on budget advocacy.

Merchants Capital

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Trinity Financial

Community Impact Gallery
Omni New York LLC

Pioneer & Pathfinder
RDC Development
National Equity Fund
Phipps Houses

The Arker Companies
BNY Mellon
Capital One
The Community Preservation Corporation
Concern for Independent Living
Federated National Land
Kensington Vanguard Holdings
LIHC Investment Group
Procida Construction Corp.
State Bank of India

RLN Benefactor 
Benchmark Title Agency
Mega Contracting Group, LLC
Monadnock Construction Inc.
Nixon Peabody
Tishman Speyer

All New York Title Agency
Beacon Communities LLC
Cassin & Cassin LLC
Cohn Reznick
Dime Community Bank
Douglaston Development
Enterprise Community Partners
Kery LLC
Lemle & Wolff, Inc.
New York State Homes & Community Renewal
Neighborworks America
Property Resources Corporation
Richman Housing Resource LLC
RiseBoro Community Partnership
SKA Marin
TD Bank

Housing Champion
BellRow Title Agency
Bronx Pro Group LLC
Dimeo Construction
Forsyth Street
Goddard Riverside
Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP
Hudson Housing Capital
Katten Muchin Roseman LLP
M&T Bank
Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC
MBD Community Housing Corp.
The NHP Foundation
Red Stone Equity Partners
Settlement Housing