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Affordable Housing Summit 2021

The Dallas Area Habitat Affordable Housing Summit was held Thursday, January 14th. This virtual summit brought together affordable housing experts, advocates, and elected officials. See the full event below. 

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Watch the Affordable Housing Summit

Event Panels

Panel 1:

Hear from elected and government officials as well as experts in the educational field about the importance of a comprehensive housing policy and the economic impact that affordable housing has on our city.

Panel 2:

Hear firsthand from Affordable/Fair Housing experts as they provide their perspective on the importance of their work and how everyone can support affordable housing in our city.

Meet Our Moderator

Joli Robinson

Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs

Joli Robinson, a vocal advocate for racial equity in both her volunteer and professional work, Robinson was also the first Black woman to head community relations at DPD, an office created in the late 1980s to address decades of poor relationships between Dallas police and communities of color. She oversaw a team of 20 staff, implemented and supported multiple outreach efforts and programs with the Office of Community Affairs including LGBTQ+ Liaison initiatives, the UNIDOS – the Latino-Hispanic Program, and Asian-American and African-American Outreach teams.

As the former Dallas Police Department Director of Community Affairs and Youth Outreach and current Co-Chair for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, plans to bring years of valuable public policy experience to the local nonprofit.

Meet Our Panelists

Chad West

City of Dallas Councilmember

Chad West was elected to the Dallas City Council in May 2019 to represent District 1 and the citizens of Oak Cliff. The son of a retired farmer and a teacher/principal, Chad first came to Texas over 20 years ago with the U.S. Army, where he first served at Fort Sam Houston and later traveled overseas to Hungary and Bosnia. After completing his military tour, Chad was honorably discharged as a combat veteran and attended law school at Texas Tech School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

Prior to his election to the Dallas City Council, Chad served on the Dallas City Plan Commission from 2017 to 2018. As District 1’s representative on the CPC, Chad played key roles in advocating for and drafting ordinances for Live-Work, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or Granny Flats) and Inclusionary Zoning, all of which are currently being used by Dallas to create more rooftops for residents of all income levels. 

James Armstong

President & CEO Builders of Hope

J.H. Cullum Clark

Bush Institute SMU Economic Growth Initiative

J.H. Cullum Clark is Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at SMU.  Within the Economic Growth Initiative, he leads the Bush Institute’s work on domestic economic policy and economic growth.  Before joining the Bush Institute and SMU, Clark worked in the investment industry for 25 years.  He served as an equity analyst and portfolio manager at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (1993-96), as a portfolio manager at Warburg Pincus Asset Management (1996-2000), as President and Chief Investment Officer of Cimarron Global Investors, a Dallas-based hedge fund firm (2000-02), and as President of Prothro Clark Company, a Dallas family investment office (2002-18).  Prior to entering the investment industry, he served for one year on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Clark fulfilled a lifelong goal by earning his Ph.D. in Economics at SMU in May 2017, and subsequently joined the faculty of SMU’s Department of Economics.  His research has focused on monetary policy, fiscal policy, financial markets, economic geography, urban economics, modern economic history, and economic growth. 

Clark’s volunteer leadership activities include serving on the boards of Uplift Education, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Foundation for the Arts, as well as on the investment committee of SMU.  He earned a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1989 and an A.M. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1993, in addition to his Ph.D. in 2017.  After graduating from Yale he lived for one year in Japan.  Clark and his wife Nita have three daughters: Lili, Annabel, and Charlotte.

Jennifer Rangel

Planning & Community Outreach Director

Jennifer Rangel serves as the Planning & Community Outreach Director for the Inclusive Communities Project, an affordable fair housing non-profit that advocates for neighborhood equity and fair housing options. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jennifer’s upbringing in Dallas (Oak Cliff) shaped her passion for social justice, activism and service. She remains involved in the community as co-founder of the Moisés E. Molina High School Alumni Association and as board member of the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL).

Dr. Myriam Igoufe

Vice President of Policy Development & Research

Dr. Myriam Igoufe is the vice president of Policy Development & Research for DHA. Dr. Igoufe leads DHA’s research initiatives, and the development and implementation of operational strategies to remove barriers to self-sufficiency and foster upward- mobility for communities chronically under-resourced in North Texas. She is responsible to perform research related to patterns of segregation, poverty, access to transportation and opportunities, and to operationalize responses to address these issues. Dr. Igoufe leads the design and development of innovative technological infrastructure to support policy and operational advancement for DHA.

Dr. Igoufe led the country’s largest collaborative group to develop the North Texas Fair Housing Assessment (22 local governments, PHAs, and County), which was part a new planning process established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requiring federal grantees to identify, evaluate, and address fair housing issues and factors contributing to discriminatory issues. In 2020, Dr. Igoufe and her team secured a multi-year applied research partnership with Harvard University’s research group ‘Opportunity Insights’ led by renowned economist Dr. Chetty. Recently, Dr. Igoufe and her team also were selected to participate in a nationwide initiative to advance diversity, equity & inclusion in education (‘The Bridges Collaborative’), led by The Century Foundation. Her work has received coverage from the Texas Tribune, NPR, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, and others.

Dr. Igoufe also serves on the City of Dallas Undesign the Redline Advisory Board, the MDHA Racial Equity Committee, Commit’s Strategic Planning External Steering Committee, and has been named to the Advisory Council of the Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy. After attending the Sorbonne Law School in Paris, she received her bachelor’s degree in political science, government and international law as well as her master’s degree in public administration from Lamar University. Igoufe earned a PhD in urban planning and public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington.

For more information please contact Joli Robinson at jrobinson@dallas-habitat.org