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WASHINGTON (December 21, 2010) – Alazne (Ali) Solis, a widely renowned housing policy expert who specializes in the area of affordable housing and sustainable community development, has joined the National Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing, the Center announced today.
The ULI Terwilliger Center, established in 2007 by former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger, supports the development of housing affordable to moderate-income workers, including teachers, nurses, firefighters, government workers, and police officers. Terwilliger, chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, committed $5 million to the creation of the Center.
Solis is senior vice president of public policy and corporate affairs for the Columbia, MD-based Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. In that position, she develops and advocates policies to advance the development of affordable housing and sustainable communities with the administration, Congress, state and local policy stakeholders and other national industry partners. She also oversees Enterprise’s internal and external communications and marketing functions.
“I am delighted that Ali is offering her extensive housing and financial expertise to help guide the Center’s program of work,” said Terwilliger, who serves as chairman of the Center’s National Advisory Board. “In communities nationwide, moderate-income working families are being pushed farther and farther away from employment centers, adding to traffic congestion, air pollution and sprawl. With this Center, we are aiming to turn this situation around. Our goal is to achieve a measurable increase in mixed-income workforce housing in communities across the nation. With guidance from Ali and the other dedicated individuals on our Advisory Board, I have high hopes for what the Center can accomplish.”
“I’m very pleased to join the National Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing, as the need for affordable housing for our teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers and others who serve the community continues to rise,” said Ali Solis, senior vice president of Public Policy & Corporate Affairs of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. “I applaud the Center and its founder Mr. Terwilliger for their efforts in bringing these critical issues to the forefront and look forward to working with other board colleagues to increase the availability of workforce housing.”
The National Advisory Board guides the Center’s program of work, which is to identify barriers to workforce housing production and eliminate those barriers by raising awareness of the affordability gap and by advocating changes in public policy. In addition to Solis, the ULI Terwilliger Center is advised by three former HUD Secretaries — Henry G. Cisneros, currently chairman of City View; Mel Martinez, currently chairman of Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for J.P. Morgan Chase; and Steven C. Preston, currently president of OAKLEAF Waste Management; as well as other Board members: Carin Barth, president, LB Capital, Inc.; Tom Bozzuto, chief executive officer, The Bozzuto Group; Bart Harvey, former chairman of Enterprise and the 2008 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development; Bruce Katz, vice president, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution; Rick Lazio, former member, U.S. House of Representatives; Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International; Nicolas Retsinas, director emeritus, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University; Richard Rosan, president, ULI Foundation; Ronnie Rosenfeld, former chairman, Federal Housing Finance Board; Diane Tomb, founder and principal, Tomb & Associates, LLC; Alan Wiener, managing director, Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital; Patrick L. Phillips, ULI chief executive officer and board ex officio; and Pamela Patenaude, executive vice president, ULI Terwilliger Center.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.