Join Women in Housing & Finance

Women in Housing & Finance (WHF) is a premiere non-partisan, nonprofit forum for business and policy experts to share their views and insights. Since 1979, WHF has provided outstanding opportunities to learn about housing and financial services developments, network with other professionals in the field, and meet with regulators and other government officials. Click here to find out more about membership and benefits.

If you would like to Join or Renew your WHF Membership click here.


WHF Committees

The WHF Board of Directors is planning many quality programs in housing, financial services, and professional enrichment for WHF members during 2015-2016. If you are interested in getting involved, please join one of our committees: 
  • Communications Committee (Rockhelle Johnson, Committee Chair) 
  • Membership Committee (Courtney Vaughan, Committee Chair and Diana Preston, Vice Chair)
  • Partnership Committee (Courtney Vaughan, Committee Chair and Evan Davies, Vice Chair) 
  • Program Committee (Joanna Shapiro, Committee Chair; Nicole Ehrbar, Public Policy Vice Chair and Barbara Keller, Brown Bag Vice Chair)
  • Special Events Committee-35th Anniversary Gala (Anastasia Stull and Heidi Wicker, Committee Co-Chairs) 
  • 2016 Symposium Committee (Martha Clarke, Committee Chair) 
We welcome your assistance, even if you have only limited time to offer. For more details about the work of the committees, please visit the Opportunities to Participate page. 

For questions and to volunteer for WHF Committees, please contact whf@whfdc.org or call 703-683-4742. You may reach WHF President Karen Bellesi at Karen.Bellesi@OCC.Treas.gov

Volunteer Opportunity: Financial Literacy Day of Service with Operation HOPE

Over the past several years, WHF members have volunteered at Operation HOPE events.  The opportunities have been very satisfying and this year's is no exception.  We have a great opportunity to partner with Operation HOPE at "Investing in the Future of our Youth" at Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter School on October 28, 2015. the session will be taught from 8:20 am to 12:30 pm, and four volunteers are needed.  Training for volunteers will be held via webinar on Friday, October 16 from 10am to 11am and on Thursday, October 22 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Only new volunteers are required to participate in the webinar training. Sign up here or by emailing mmfortney@verizon.net and Michelle.Hammonds@operationhope.org. Click here for more information. 
Volunteer Opportunity: WHF Foundation Financial Empowerment Program
Learn about volunteer opportunities to teach financial empowerment to women who reside at Calvary Women’s Services. Should you decide to volunteer, your commitment can be for as little as a one hour afternoon session teaching a small group of women basic financial skills they need to attain economic security. This BBL will feature instruction using the FDIC Money Smart program. This simple program is divided into easy-to-teach modules that cover fundamental financial topics such as how to build a spending plan and the importance of saving.
WHF volunteers have taught six series of classes at Calvary and have rave reviews about the experience and the women they taught. Individuals who participate in the September 2 BBL or who have received training on how to teach the Money Smart curriculum previously will have the opportunity to teach one or more classes starting October 6, 2015. A total of 8 classes from Oct. 6 to Nov. 24 will be held on each Tuesday from 1:30–2:30 at Calvary Women’s Services, located just minutes past the National’s baseball stadium.Check the website calendar for details. For questions and to volunteer, please call the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 or WHF Foundation President Mary Martha Fortney at 703-507-4088 (email at mmfortney@verizon.net). 

For All WHF Members with Volunteer Interests:
The WHF Foundation is initiating a new volunteer practice. If you find an intriguing volunteering event with either one of our partners or somewhere else, please let us know by contacting whf@whfdc.org. We will then share this volunteering opportunity with WHF members, to hopefully encourage other members to join you. (For example, getting a group together to build a house for Habitat for Humanity). By sharing and attending volunteer opportunities, WHF members can network with each other and provide goodwill to our partners and the community. The WHF Foundation hopes you will let us know when you have a volunteering opportunity so we can share it with our members.

Thank you so much for giving back to the Washington Community,
The WHF Foundation

Member FeedBack
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WHF Foundation
The WHF Foundation is comprised of WHF members who dedicate their resources and knowledge to help women and their families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Please consider contributing directly to the WHF Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #19283For other ways to donate and to learn more about the WHF Foundation click here.