2018 Impact Forum

The Future Of Affordable Housing Investment

“The Future of Affordable Housing Investment”

The 2018 Affordable Housing Impact Forum offers a rare workshop style opportunity to learn from and network with leaders of sustainable, responsible community development. Hear technical information from affordable housing experts in nonprofit development, government, and financiers who are driving new approaches, policy development, and funding that impacts housing availability and affordability, especially East of the River.

City First specializes in working with small emerging developers, as well as financing projects with established developers. We have a strong track record of successful partnerships with both local and federal government agencies to leverage opportunities and access to the capital needed to finance development in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. You’ll also learn more about Opportunity Zones, “the next big thing in community development,” aimed at driving long-term private capital into distressed communities.



Marie C. Johns

Leftwich, LLC

The Honorable Marie C. Johns has been a leader in business, civic and government service for more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has focused her community service in the areas of education and economic development. She has held senior positions in the telecommunications industry, including retiring as President of Verizon Washington. One of her on-going efforts to leverage corporate resources for greater community good was the SEEDS program (Students Educated for Economic Development Success).


In 2009, Marie was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She created the SBA’s Council on Underserved Communities. She had the privilege of serving as the initial chair of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development.


Currently Marie serves as Managing Member of Leftwich, LLC in addition to maintaining her role as Founder and President of L&L Consulting. She is a member of the Greater Washington Business Hall of Fame and one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women.” In addition to being founding chair of the Washington DC Technology Council, she has served as a board member, president or chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Federal City Council, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Economic Club of Washington, Leadership Greater Washington, and the International Women’s Forum of Washington DC.


She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, serves as Chair of the Academic Excellence committee, and was the first chair of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science. She has served on the board of Howard University Hospital, and on the national board of Girl Scouts USA. Currently, Marie serves as an Ambassador for the Department of Energy’s “Minorities in Energy” initiative Additionally, Marie serves on the Dean’s Council of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, the Federal City Council and she is a Director of City First Bank of D.C. and Hager Sharp.


Christopher Miller

DC Housing Finance Agency/HIP Program

Christopher Miller has been appointed housing investment officer. Miller will work with multiple departments and external subject matter experts to develop new tools and programs to further the agency’s mission. The position’s primary responsibility is the development of new housing investment products and financing initiatives and the innovation of existing DCHFA housing finance products and programs that support the creation and preservation of affordable housing units in the District of Columbia. Additionally, Miller will take the lead role on individual transactions and other special projects.

Tyrone Garrett

District of Columbia Housing Authority

Tyrone Garrett is the current Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority. On a national scope, Mr. Garrett sits on the Corporate Board of Directors for the Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAI Group),   Board of Trustees for the Public Housing Authority Directors Association (PHADA) and National Organization of African Americans in Housing. He has given numerous presentations on Public Private Partnerships, Corporate Governance, Leveraging Funding for Redevelopment, and the “New Reality of Public Housing” throughout the nation. On behalf of Rutgers University he is an adjunct instructor for the Principles of Redevelopment training course at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is the former Vice Chairman for the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) Affordable Housing Advisory Board.

Brian C. Athey, Esq.

Congressional Capital, LLC

Mr. Athey is a long time Washington, D.C. area resident. In January of 2011, Mr. Athey observed the Washington, D.C. area emerging from the latest downturn, as he saw demand for quality residential housing increasing, he observed a clear shortage of capital in the market for the acquisition and development of residential real estate. Mr. Athey formed Congressional Capital to provide the numerous excellent area developers with access to the capital necessary to provide quality housing to the many potential homeowners desiring to live in the Washington, D.C. area.

In 2006, Mr. Athey left Reed Smith, LLP to focus on the management of his family real estate assets and to work as a Washington, D.C. area advisor to a large real estate private equity fund. In 2008, Mr. Athey joined Webster Book, LLP, where he was a trial lawyer with a particular focus on real estate litigation and federal court litigation. While practicing law at Webster Book, LLP, Mr. Athey managed his family real estate assets and managed Capital Properties, Inc.

Arthur Fleming

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

Arthur Fleming directs the Bank’s community investment, economic development, and affordable housing products and services. Fleming has experience in a variety of financial services, legal, housing development, and academic roles. Before joining the Bank, Fleming was Chief Lending & Investment Officer for the Opportunity Finance Network, Inc., a national community development financial institution. He also served as the Senior Director for the Southeast Region and Director of Housing Finance for the Fannie Mae Foundation; the Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Housing Initiatives at GMAC; founder and Executive Director of the Community Financing Consortium, Inc.; and an attorney/senior associate for the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. Fleming earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.


Alison Hickman


Alison Hickman advises clients on structuring and obtaining financing for developments involving leveraged financing and public/private partnerships as well as low-income housing tax credit underwriting, allocation and due diligence issues. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to single-asset entities.

She is also a past speaker at national and local real estate conferences including the National Leased Housing Association, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and New York Housing Conference.