• Holiday Mixer

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Stitch in New York, NY

    You are invited to a holiday mixer hosted by board members from five prominent professional boards in New York City.

    Women in Housing & Finance (WHF)

    NYSAFAH 2G (NYS Assn. for Affordable Housing)

    Assn. for Neighborhood Housing Development (ANHD)

    Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY)

    New York Housing Conference

    There is no admission cost.

    Cash bar. Light Hors d'Oeuvres.

  • Co-Working & Co-Living Projects in NYC

    Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    In recent years, co-working and co-living spaces have exploded in popularity in New York City and across the country. This panel brings together experts from co-working and co-living companies, City housing and economic development, private financing and public policy sectors to talk about trends in co-working and co-living projects, innovations in the field and how these spaces are disrupting traditional housing and office markets in New York City. 

    Panelists include:

    Vivianna Schwoerer, Director, Real Estate at WeWork 

    Carolee Fink, Chief of Staff to the NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing & Economic Development

    Brad Hargreaves, Founder and CEO at Common

    Sherry Wang, Vice President at Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group

    Moderator: Matt Chaban, Policy Director at Center for an Urban Future

    Click here to purchase tickets

  • WHF Quarterly Happy Hour!

    Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Folly in New York , NY

     Please join us for drinks and conversation at WHF’s Quarterly Happy Hour at Folly, 92 W Houston St, with a special guest:

    Nathan Simms, Assistant Commissioner of New Construction Finance, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)

    You don’t have to be a member (or a woman) to enjoy housing, finance, and happy hour! Come one, come all! No RSVP necessary.

  • Lunch and Learn--Zoning Analysis Made Easy

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:30 PM
    SHoP Architects in New York, NY · $15.00

    Please join the principals of Envelope to learn how zoning analysis is traditionally done by architects and how readily available computer software can help decoding the NYC Zoning Resolution easier.     


    • Heidi Werner is an architectural designer and Envelope's Creative Director, overseeing product vision, planning, and design
    • Sarah Williams is an Associate Professor at MIT and specializes in the intersection between technology and Urban Planning
    • Cindy McLaughlin is an MBA from MIT, serial entrepreneur, and Envelope's CEO, in charge of all strategy and operations. 

    Envelope utilizes a 3-D urban mapping platform that integrates proprietary geospatial datasets, sophisticated algorithms, and iterative scenario analysis to help real estate professionals visualize opportunity; and make faster, smarter, and more discreet investment decisions. 

    This is an excellent opportunity to meet some other members of the WHF community and expand your knowledge base.  SHoP Architects will be our host.   A light lunch will be provided for all attendees. 

    Space is very limited, so reserve your spot today!

  • WHF October Happy Hour!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM
  • Cornell Tech Campus Tour

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    The Bridge at Cornell Tech--SOLD OUT! in Roosevelt Island, NY

    Please join WHF (Women in Housing and Finance) and ULI New York’s WLI (Women’s Leadership Initiative) for a special MEMBERS ONLY tour of the brand new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Following a presentation of the Cornell Tech campus development and the public-private initiative that led to its creation, registrants will have the opportunity to tour both, The Bridge at Cornell Tech and The House at Cornell Tech. The Bridge at Cornell Tech is a first-of-its-kind building that houses an extraordinary mix of cutting-edge companies working alongside Cornell academic teams. The House at Cornell Tech will provide an exclusive look into the residential building of the campus and the tallest development built to Passive House standards in the world. The event will conclude with a networking reception at Riverwalk Bar & Grill (425 E. Main St., Roosevelt Island).


    4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Registration

    4:30 PM - 4:45 PM Presentation

    4:45 PM - 6:00 PM Tour (Includes: The House and The Bridge
    at Cornell Tech)

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Happy Hour & Networking

  • Fearless! Cultivate a Powerful Voice For Next Level Influence

    Monday, June 05, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Does your voice feel overshadowed by people who articulate powerfully, especially senior leaders? This program will set you up to be a confident leader who makes an impact – the person who sounds eloquent and lights up the room whenever she opens her mouth.  Know how to inspire others to action and start seeing senior leaders pick up on your ideas and include your voice at the table.

    • Speak powerfully and concisely so people ‘get’ your ideas and act on them
    • Balance execution with time to think strategically and fearlessly offer bold ideas 
    • Get a “Yes” when you ask
    • Become a 'Go To' Influencer and respected visible Change Agent to make a difference and set yourself up for future opportunities

    About the presenter: Sharon Melnick, PhD is a global authority on women’s leadership (and she is on a mission to help YOU have the Confidence, Influence, and Resilience to get to your next level)!  Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by more than 19,000 training participants.  A sought after speaker, her presentations receive 100% repeat invites from over 25 Fortune 500 companies and create buzz at marquis business conferences (she has even presented at the White House).  A business psychologist, Sharon is author of bestselling books “Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On” and “Confidence When It Counts: Rise Above Self-Criticism and Bias to Make Your Mark.”  Her advice has been featured on, Fox News, NYTimes Blog, Huffington Post, CBS, AmexOPEN and others.   She is the CEO of her company Horizon Point, Inc.

     Event sponsored by: CREA and Benchmark Title Agency

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  • 2017 Annual Members Dinner and Meeting

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Hotel Chantelle Rooftop in New York, NY

    Please join us for an evening of food, drink and great company as we celebrate another year of WHF programs and events.


    We will also be voting on the election of board members and officers.

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    Monday, May 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM
  • Annual Keynote Luncheon Featuring NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Battery Gardens in New York, NY

    Join WHF for an insightful luncheon with NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen, as she provides an overview of her career path and her perspective on current challenges and opportunities for affordable housing and economic development throughout the city.

  • Brown Bag #3: Negotiating project deal points

    Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:30 PM
    Goldstein Hall

    Join Niki Tsismenakis, attorney at law and senior associate at Goldstein Hall, who will provide guidance for achieving the best deal with your JV or syndicator partners.

    This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. Attendance is limited to 10 people.

  • Federal Policy Update: A view from the ground in NYC

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in Manhattan, NY

    While DC is not directing its ire at NY alone, the impact of decisions made in the nation's seat of power have far reaching implications for our ability to house low income New Yorkers.

    This panel brings together experts from government as well as private financing and development to talk about the impacts that changes and rumored changes are having on affordable housing development in our city.

    Panelists include:

    Molly Park, Deputy Commissioner for Development, NYC HPD

    Serena Deng, Acquisitions Associate, The Richman Group

    Andrew Cohen, Director, BRP Development Corp.

    Emily Cadik, Director, Public Policy, Enterprise Community Partners

  • Women Executive Roundtable

    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Please join Women in Housing and Finance for a unique opportunity to meet and network with six women executives representing the following industries:

    • Architecture and Construction: Claire Weisz, Founding Principal, WXY Architecture and Urban Design
    • For-Profit Development: Abby Hamlin, President, Hamlin Ventures
    • Finance and Banking: Desiree Francis, Vice President of Originations, Capital One
    • City Government: Louise Carroll, Associate Commissioner of Housing Incentives, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
    • Law: Meredith Kane, Partner, Paul | Weiss
    • Not for Profit Development: Alexa Sewell, President, Settlement Housing Fund

    Attendees will rotate between the executives in small groups, participating in intimate 15 minute conversations and Q&A sessions with each. The event will provide attendees the opportunity to hear the experts’ take on the state of New York’s housing industry, ask questions about their professional paths and network with industry leaders.

  • Lunch and Learn with WHF: Brown Bag #2 Finally Learn How to Read Architectural Plans

    Friday, February 03, 2017 at 12:30 PM
    IBI Group-Bruzen Samton Architects (address provided with RSVP)

    Join Susan Wright AIA LEED AP who will put into plain words the organization and meaning of a typical set of architectural plans and specs (the "contract documents"). She will utilize a set of plans for a new construction project to explain different types of drawings within the set and how to decipher information such as measurements and scope.

    This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. 

  • The Art of the Real Estate Deal in Queens

    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 08:30 AM
    Manducatis Rustica in Long Island City, NY

    The Art of the Real Estate Deal in Queens is a breakfast discussion and tour of the newest arts mecca of New York City. Learn how the arts and diversity are redefining real estate development in Queens.

    Join the conversation with three powerful LIC, Queens-based women leaders to learn how to navigate the rapidly changing real estate landscape and hear about the latest opportunities for development in the most culturally diverse county in the country.

  • Holiday Mixer

    Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Stitch in New York, NY

    You are invited to a holiday mixer hosted by board members from five prominent professional boards in New York City.

    There is no admission cost. Cash bar. Light Hors d'Oeuvres.

  • Innovative Strategies for Integrating Affordable Housing with Health Initiatives

    Monday, November 28, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Join us for a panel discussion on Housing as Healthcare: Innovative Strategies for Integrating Affordable Housing with Health Initiatives.

    This panel will highlight recent policy changes, creative financing approaches and best practices designed to integrate housing and health outcomes, reduce the Medicaid burden and create new possibilities for residents to safely age in place. Panelists include:
    • Elizabeth Zeldin, Enterprise Community Partners
    • Sydelle Knepper, SKA Marin Development
    • Jennifer Steinberg, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, (WSFSSH)
    • As moderator: Kristin Miller, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

  • Tour of Pacific Park: Brooklyn's Newest Neighborhood

    Wednesday, August 03, 2016 at 03:00 PM
    Pacific Park in Brooklyn, NY

    Join WHF for our Annual Summer Tour! This year's tour will bring us to Pacific Park, Brooklyn. Pacific Park Brooklyn is a new 15-building, multi-use development from Greenland Forest City Partners. By the completion of the development over 6,000 apartments (both affordable and market-rate) will be spread out over 22 acres designed by world class architects such as CookFox, SHoP, Marvel Architects and KPF.

    Some of the buildings under construction are 461 Dean Street, the tallest modular building in the world, designed by SHoP architects and 550 Vanderbilt, a 17 story luxury condominium designed by CookFox.

    This is an active development site. Proper footwear is required. Hard hats will be provided

    Following the tour, join us for a cash bar happy hour, location TBD.

  • 2016 Annual Members' Dinner and Meeting

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    The Smith in New York, NY

    Join your fellow WHF colleagues for our Annual Meeting and Dinner at The Smith, in the East Village. Enjoy a three-course meal with wine, beer, and great company.

    During this members-only event, we will recap the year's events, hold board elections, conduct general membership business, and connect with colleagues throughout the industry.

  • The Politics of Promotion: WHF Workshop with Bonnie Marcus

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Bonnie Marcus will speak on practical ideas to successfully navigate the politics of your workplace and to position yourself to advance. Bonnie, M.Ed., is a contributing writer for Forbes and Business Insider, and an award-winning entrepreneur.

  • Annual Keynote Luncheon

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM
    Battery Gardens in New York, NY

    Please join us for lunch with Keynote Speaker Shola Olatoye, Chair & CEO, NYCHA. Shola Olatoye will share her insights on NYCHA's evolving role in New York City's affordable housing community.

  • Why is the Zoning for Quality and Affordability & Mandatory Inclusionary Housing so controversial?

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    The NYC Council Speaker has announced a tentative deal to approve Mayor DeBlasio’s Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) proposals. Please join WHF for a panel discussion to unpack the details of the compromise. Once approved, how will these two policies impact the fabric of NYC? What are the potential benefits and challenges for the affordable housing industry? How might the proposals promote or hinder the greater goals of creating quality design in a more equitable New York City?
    Moderator: Deborah VanAmerongen, Strategic Policy Advisor, Nixon Peabody
    Panelist: Claire Hilger, Director, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development

  • Quarterly Happy Hour

    Wednesday, March 02, 2016 at 05:30 PM
    The Malt House FiDi in New York, NY

    Join us at The Malt House FiDi in lower Manhattan for Happy Hour, featuring special guest Maria Torres-Springer, President and CEO of NYCEDC.

    No need to RSVP. Stop by and bring a friend.


  • 2016 Women Executives Roundtable

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Please join WHF for this unique opportunity to meet and network with women executives:
    --Architecture and Construction: KATE ASCHER, Partner, Burohappold Engineering & Columbia University
    --Finance and Banking: JOAN TALLY, Executive Director Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
    --For-Profit Development: BONNIE CAMPBELL, Managing Director, Two Trees Management
    --State Government: MARIAN ZUCKER, President of the Office of Finance and Development, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
    --City Government: PAULA ROY CARETHERS, Executive Vice President of Real Estate, New York City Housing Development Corporation
    --Law: AVIVA YAKREN, Partner, Jones Day
    --Community Development/ Not for Profit: JUDI KENDE, Vice President & Market Leader (NY), Enterprise Community Partners

    Attendees will rotate between the executives in small groups, participating in intimate 15 minutes conversations and Q&A sessions.

  • Tour the New Monadnock Micro Units - Members Only Event

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 04:00 PM
    The Carmel Place Development in New York, NY

    Join us to tour the new Monadnock Micro Units. The Carmel Place Development contains 55 units, almost 40% of which will be affordable, with 8 units set aside for veterans. Thanks to Beth Cooper Lawrence (architect at Monadnock and former president of WHF) we have been given the opportunity to tour the building before tenants move in. nArchitects together with Monadnock Development, submitted the winning proposal in the adAPT NYC competition to accommodate the City's growing population.

    Due to the limited number of people the tour can accommodate, this will be a members-only event.


  • Housing and Finance Holiday Mixer

    Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Stitch in New York, NY

    You are cordially invited to a holiday mixer hosted by board members from four prominent professional boards in New York City:

    - New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH)'s 2G
    - Women in Housing & Finance (WHF)
    - New York Housing Conference's Young Leadership Council (YLC)
    - Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Inc. (ANHD)

    No admission fee, cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

    Join us, and bring a colleague.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Broadway Housing Communities - Sugar Hill Tour

    Monday, November 09, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    Sugar Hill in New York, NY

    Join Women Housing and Finance and Broadway Housing Communities on a tour and discussion of their newly opened affordable housing, educational and cultural arts mixed-use development. Sugar Hill is located by the C and a couple of blocks from the 1 train).

  • Lunch and Learn with WHF

    Tuesday, November 03, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Join WHF for a brownbag lunch on November 3rd.

    Ashley Dills, Senior VP at United Fund Advisors, will facilitate a dialogue about non-traditional finance tools, including New Markets Tax Credits and EAB-5. This is an opportunity to bring your lunch, meet a small group of other WHF members, and learn!

    This event is limited to 20 attendees, so reserve your spot today!

  • Quarterly Happy Hour 2015

    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    Pound and Pence

    Join friends and colleagues at our Fall Quarterly Happy Hour at Pound and Pence, located at 55 Liberty Street (at Nassau), two blocks south of Fulton Street Station (4, 5, A, C, 2 and 3 trains) in Manhattan.

    No admission fee nor RSVP is required - bring a friend and spread the word!

  • Brooklyn Cultural District Development Tour

    Thursday, July 09, 2015 at 04:00 PM
    Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Brooklyn, NY

    WHF invites you to tour Downtown Brooklyn's Cultural District, the heart of Brooklyn's thriving artistic community.  This tour will allow us to view sites in various stages of development.  These development sites include new performance and rehearsal spaces, office space for a diverse group of local arts organization, a public plaza for the community, a library, a cinema, and market rate and affordable housing.

  • 2015 Annual Members' Dinner and Meeting

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Paul and Jimmy's Restaurant in New York, NY

    Join your fellow WHF colleagues for our Annual Meeting and Dinner at Paul and Jimmy's, a family owned and operated Italian restaurant.

    During this event we will recap the year's events, hold board elections, conduct general membership business, and casually converse over a delicious three-course dinner.

  • Taking the Helm: Redevelopment, Planning and Operations of NYC's Waterfront Parks

    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Join WHF for a panel discussion with the leaders of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governors Island and Hudson River Park on new projects and initiatives, the challenges of operations, stewardship and fundraising and the rewards of being at the forefront of their field.

    Leslie Koch, President/CEO, Trust for Governors Island

    Regina Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation

    Madelyn Wils, President/CEO, Hudson River Park Trust

    Moderator: Holly Leicht, Regional Director - NY + NJ, HUD

  • Quarterly Happy Hour - March 18, 2015

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    The Winslow in New York, NY

    Join WHF at The Winslow for networking and socializing.

    No admission fee. No RSVP required. Please bring a friend and spread the word.

  • Women Executives Roundtable: Meet...Move...& Mix!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Join Women in Housing and Finance for the unique opportunity to meet and network with women executives in the following industries:
    Financial/Banking, Law, Government, Not for Profit Development, Architecture/Construction, Development.

    Attendees will be divided into small groups. Each group will sit at a table with each speaker to participate in a 15 minute Q&A discussion before moving on to the next speaker, until all have met with each speaker.

  • Annual Members' Holiday Party

    Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    Pranna Restaurant Bar Lounge in New York, NY

    Join WHF for our annual FREE MEMBERS-ONLY post-holiday party. This year we'll have our own section in a lovely mid-town bar/lounge to reconnect after the New Year. Enjoy the open bar, plenty of tasty food and great company while you catch up on the latest happenings in our industry.

  • The State of Veterans Housing in NYC: Preventing and Ending Veteran Homelessness

    Monday, November 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    On June 4, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that a growing coalition of mayors, governors and county officials are committed to ending veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015. The Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness is a coordinated effort with a housing first approach.

    Moderator, Jessica Katz, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Needs, NYC HPD


    Loree Sutton, Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

    Tori Lyon, Executive Director, Jericho Project

    Holly Leicht, Regional Director NY + NJ, U.S. HUD

    Julie Irwin, Homeless Care Line Manager, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Sponsored by Nixon Peabody and Wells Fargo

  • Community Service Day: Halloween Party at Project Hospitality

    Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM
    Project Hospitality

    Join us for a fun-filled afternoon, hosting a Halloween party for children living at Project Hospitality's Family Shelter. There will be approximately 75 children attending, ages 2-18. Some of the teenagers will be assisting the WHF volunteers in putting on the activities for the younger kids.

    Activities will include costume design and decoration, face painting, mask design and decoration, pumpkin decorating, making Halloween decorations for the Project Hospitality cafeteria, bean bag toss, and a dance contest.

    The party will conclude with a parade around the neighborhood.

    WHF attendees are requested to wear black or red shirts, or a Halloween costume to enhance our photographs.

    We will take the Staten Island Ferry together at 12:30, walk the three blocks to the shelter and return to Manhattan at approximately 5pm.