You are invited: Are we becoming a nation of renters?

The Program on America and the Global Economy and Comparative Urban Studies Program present:

Are We Becoming a Nation of Renters?

Three years after the 2008 financial crisis, America’s housing market still languishes and millions of families are losing their grip on “The American Dream.” Join us for an in-depth conference featuring policymakers, practicing mortgage capital experts, and academics to discuss the concrete steps forward to repairing and improving America’s mortgage finance system.

 Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Joseph and Clair Flom Auditorium, 6th floor, Wilson Center

RSVP, acceptances only:



8:30 – 8:55 AM WELCOME and KEYNOTE

Hon. Bob Corker: U.S. Senator (R-TN); Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and

Consumer Protection


9:00 – 10:00 AM PANEL I: How did the mortgage finance pipes become clogged?

Joshua Rosner, Managing Director, Graham Fisher & Co.

Kerry Vandell, Dean’s Professor of Finance, University of California, Irvine

Michael Waldorf, Managing Director, Paulson & Co.

Moderator: Nick TimiraosThe Wall Street Journal


10:15 – 11:15 AM  PANEL II: How does the mortgage finance plumbing work today?

Anthony Sanders, Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Finance, George Mason University

Tomasz Piskorski, Edward S. Gordon Associate Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Mark Palim, Director of Economics, Fannie Mae

Moderator:  Vincent Fiorillo – DoubleLine Capital



Jim Millstein, Chairman, Millstein & Co. LLC; former Chief Restructuring Officer, U.S. Treasury Department


1:15 – 1:45 PM POLL RESULTS: Homeownership and The American Dream

Dave Sackett, Partner, The Tarrance Group

Discussant: Kent Hughes – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


1:50 – 3:10 PM  PANEL III: Bringing out the plumber: restarting private mortgage financing

Andrew Davidson, President, Andrew Davidson & Co.

Alan Boyce, CEO, Absalon (a joint venture between VP SECURITIES and Soros Fund Management)

David Stevens, President and CEO, Mortgage Bankers Association

Lawrence Rufrano, Senior Supervisory Financial Analyst, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

Moderator: Chris Katopis – Association of Mortgage Investors


3:15 – 4:10 PM PANEL IV: Where’s the consumer in all of this?

Andrew Jakabovics, Senior Director, Policy Development and Research, Enterprise Community Partners

Janneke Ratcliffe, Executive Director, Center for Community Capital, University of North Carolina

Anthony Hutchinson, Senior Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors

Moderator: Blair Ruble – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars



4:15 – 5:30 PM RECEPTION


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