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NHC Welcomes Mary Hanlon as the New Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

NHC Appoints Noted Housing Expert to Lead Advocacy Efforts

Washington, DC (October 6, 2010) The National Housing Conference (NHC) has chosen Mary Hanlon for the newly created position of Vice President of Policy and Advocacy. With more than 25 years in the housing industry, Hanlon comes with a wealth of public, non-profit, and private sector experience, with a special focus on real estate development and management of complex projects.

“Mary Hanlon brings a breadth of experience in government as well as local real estate development across the country,” said NHC President and CEO Maureen Friar. “Her expertise and numerous accomplishments align beautifully with NHC’s mission, policy priorities and proactive nature of our advocacy efforts in housing’s new era.”

Prior to joining NHC, Hanlon served as a senior staff member at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In that position, she assisted Secretary Cisneros with critical housing legislation and the structural reorganization of HUD and the Pacific Region Community Empowerment Board, where she managed and supervised the implementation of the $44 million Oakland Enhanced Enterprise Community and the $3 million San Francisco Enterprise Community.

For the last 14 years, Hanlon has been the Principal and Owner of Hanlon Development & Consulting. She has provided consulting services to private companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations on a wide range of issues including single and multifamily housing, real estate development finance - including private, bond and tax credit financing, public private partnerships, elderly housing, commercial and mixed use development, and sustainable and transit-oriented design.

Hanlon attended the UCLA graduate school of Architecture and Urban Planning. She holds Bachelor of the Arts in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from University of California - Berkeley. She has served on the Board of Governors for Pacific Northwest College of Art, Commissioner for the City of Portland Design Commission, Board Member of Metropolitan Family Services, Portland Habitat for Humanity, The Women’s Foundation, Proyecto Amor – Latino Youth Committee, D.C., and Liaison for the Department of State U.S./Soviet Delegation. She presently volunteers at Walter Reed Medical Center.