SEATTLE, Wash (March 8, 2017) – Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual affordable housing conference, Housing Washington 2017, October 2-4, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. NLIHC is a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Yentel will share NLIHC’s findings on how to end homelessness and housing poverty in the US with the anticipated 750 attendees.
Yentel rejoined NLIHC in February 2016 after having previously worked as a policy analyst from 2005 to 2008. She is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC, Yentel was vice president of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, she was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and was a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane has a Masters in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
“Diane will be an amazing addition to the conference,” says Rachael Meyers, executive director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Co-Sponsor of Housing Washington 2017. “Not only is she a powerful presenter, her perspective on the state of homelessness in our country today will be invaluable to our audience.”
Housing Washington 2017 is set for October 2 – 4, 2017 at the Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit www.HousingWA.org or follow the conference on Facebook or Twitter.