ULI Los Angeles: What is Affordable Housing?


Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
8:00am - 9:30am

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    "What is Affordable Housing” will illustrate the complexities of developing an affordable housing community.

    The conversation will begin with a macro-level discussion of the challenges that all affordable housing developers confront and solve -- site selection, entitlements, financing, construction, and ultimately lease-up.

    This will be followed by a deeper dive into affordable housing communities that were recently completed or far along in the development timeline. 

    Save your space in this Webinar to listen to experts in housing and real estate finance as they bring insights as to LA's housing.



    Moe Mohanna

    President, Highridge Costa

    Mr. Mohanna is Principal and President of Highridge Costa Development Company, LLC (“HCDC”), the development arm of Highridge Costa. Mr. Mohanna is responsible for the development of affordable and market rate senior and family communities in targeted western U.S. markets.


    Dora Gallo

    Chief Executive Officer, A Community of Friends

    Dora Leong Gallo has worked in the community development field for over 30 years. Since 2003, she has served as President and CEO of A Community of Friends (ACOF), a nonprofit affordable housing developer whose mission is end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness.


    Steve PonTell

    President/CEO, National Community Renaissance

    Steve PonTell is the Chief Executive Officer and President of National CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable and senior housing. National CORE owns, operates, and/or manages nearly 9,000 units serving more than 27,000 residents in California, Florida, and Texas.  


    Eric Olsen

    Vice President, TCA Architects

    Eric Olsen is a Partner at TCA and the Director of the Los Angeles office, where he leads project teams and provides overall office management. He also heads the Design Department for all of TCA’s offices. 


    Steve Spielberg

    Director of Development, Southern California, EAH Housing

    Steven Spielberg is Director of Development of EAH Housing, the nonprofit affordable housing developer and property manager.  He manages So. California projects including ground up construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of low income and supportive housing and other special needs populations.  


    David Grunwald

    Senior VP Greater LA Region , National Community Renaissance

    David Grunwald is Senior Vice President of National CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable and senior housing.  David Directs all affordable housing development in greater Los Angeles Region