Webinar: Healthy Housing for All — Lessons from Affordable Housing for the Broader Marketplace

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December 4, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Online DC United States
ULI Center for Sustainability


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This is a complimentary, ULI members-only webinar. It is open to nonmembers for $100, or available for free by becoming a member. You must register in order to receive a recording of this webinar. 


Over the past several years, in response to growing health concerns that disproportionately impact the most under-served populations, the affordable housing industry has pioneered innovative solutions to support resident health through housing design, development, and operations.

A new report from the ULI Building Health Places Initiative, Healthy Housing for All: How Affordable Housing is Leading the Way, explores the affordable housing industry’s achievements in creating healthier housing environments and translates these into lessons for the broader housing marketplace.

The innovations in healthy affordable housing present an opportunity to replicate healthy housing successes, as well as to respond to market demand across the residential development industry. In this one-hour webinar, we will further explore the research in this report, examining features, programs, processes, policies, and opportunities to maximize project success and improve public health outcomes by providing healthy housing for all.

This webinar is a part of the 2018 series of webinars presented by the ULI Responsible Property Investment Council. The expert panel of speakers for this webinar represent RPIC and the ULI Affordable and Workforce Housing Council.


Diane Olmstead (moderator)
President, Fillmore Capital Affordable Housing
ULI Responsible Property Investment Council Member

Ms. Olmstead has over 30 years of real estate experience including lending, acquisitions, joint-venture investing, corporate finance, and capital-raising. During that time, she has originated and closed over $3 billion in transactions as well as the workout and restructuring of over $1.3 billion of real estate assets. Ms. Olmstead is currently President of Fillmore Capital Affordable Housing (FCAH), which is a mission-driven, for profit investor in affordable and workforce housing projects and platforms throughout the U.S. Prior to FCAH, Ms. Olmstead was Chief Investment Officer at BRIDGE Housing, a non-profit affordable housing developer/operator. Prior to BRIDGE, Ms. Olmstead was Co-CEO of W3 Partners, a value-add office acquisition company, which she co-founded in 2009 with Susan Sagy. Ms. Olmstead was responsible for W3’s acquisitions, financing activities, fundraising and client relations. Prior to co-founding W3, Ms. Olmstead was a principal at CIM Group, an EVP at iStar Financial, and held various positions at USF&G, Aetna, Cigna and Pan American Properties.

Ms. Olmstead received an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and serves on the Board of Extra Space Storage (NYSE : EXR). Ms. Olmstead is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), Pension and Real Estate Association (PREA), Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI) and a former board member of Mercy Housing California (a nonprofit affordable housing developer/operator). Ms. Olmstead is a mentor of young real estate professionals and a frequent guest speaker.


Joanna Frank
President & CEO, Center for Active Design
ULI Affordable/Workforce Housing Council Member

Joanna Frank is the founding President & CEO of the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she advances design and development practices to foster healthy and engaged communities. The Center for Active Design is the operator of Fitwel, a unique building certification that positively impacts occupant health and productivity through an integrated approach to workplace design and operations. Fitwel’s development was led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA). Prior to launching CfAD, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York during the Bloomberg Administration, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Ms. Frank was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria.

Ms. Frank is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee, as well as the Urban Land Institute’s Affordable and Workforce Housing Council. She holds a degree in architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.


Jeff Foster, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP BD + C
Principal, GGLO Design
ULI Affordable/Workforce Housing Council Membership Vice-Chair

Jeff has focused on managing large, complex urban design and building projects for most of his 30+ years in practice. In collaboration with several housing authorities and non-profits, Jeff has managed our teams’ successful efforts in large-site, mixed-income, mixed-use redevelopment for the past two decades. He is accustomed to working with public housing authorities, non-profits, and their partners to create redevelopment strategies that provide predictability for development, but have the flexibility  to evolve with changes in the market over long periods of time.

Jeff has extensive experience in planning, urban design, multi-family housing, mixed-use facilities, single-family residences, commercial, retail, and industrial buildings of varying construction types. He was GGLO’s Managing Principal, overseeing all aspects of firm operations from 2011 through 2016. Jeff is a former Planning Commissioner and is very active with ULI’s Affordable Housing program.


Bob Simpson
Vice President, Multifamily Affordable and Green Financing, Fannie Mae
ULI Affordable/Workforce Housing Council Member

Since 2007, Bob has held various officer positions throughout Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Mortgage Business including Priority Borrower Relationships, Seniors Housing, Small Loans, and Structured Finance. He has also served as Fannie Mae’s Vice President of Community Lending and Development where he was responsible for strategic initiatives and investments in underserved Rural, Native American, and Gulf Coast Recovery markets. Before joining Fannie Mae in 2000, Bob served for seven years as a legislative aide to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Bob previously served as a board member of Mercy Housing, the Sioux Falls Homeless Coalition, and as a member of Governor’s Special Task Force on K-12 Education in South Dakota.

Bob graduated from the University of South Dakota. He is currently a member of the Affordable Workforce Housing Council for the Urban Land Institute, the Workforce Housing Subcommittee of the National Multi-Housing Council and the University of South Dakota Foundation’s Board of Trustees.