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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.

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Call for WHF/WHFF Board Nominations - open until June 3, 2016

Interested in gaining board experience with a prominent inside-the-beltway organization while contributing to an excellent cause?

Want an opportunity to promote WHF/WHFF’s mission and engage in highly rewarding work alongside other senior financial services professionals?

WHF and the WHF Foundation are now seeking nominations for both boards for 2016 – 2018. If you are an active member in good standing, or know of a good candidate, please contact Tasia Stull at stull.anastasia@gmail.com with the following information (w/email subject WHF/WHFF Board Candidate):
  • Candidate Name
  • Title/Company
  • Interested in WHF or Foundation, and any particular role
  • Description of activity/history with WHF/WHFF
  • Relevant skills/experience
  • Committees/programs of interest
  • Area of specialty
  • Area of strong industry contacts
  • Phone/Email

Open elected positions include: 3 WHF Directors, 2 WHFF Directors, WHF Secretary, WHF Vice President. Additional board seats and officer positions are open and reserved for appointment by the incoming President. The new boards will be announced and begin their term at the WHF/WHFF Annual Meeting in July 2016.

The Nominating Committee will contact you to discuss your submission soon.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

WHF Foundation Volunteer Opportunities
The WHF Foundation is pleased to announce its continuing Financial Empowerment program partnership with residents of Calvary Women's Services, one of the Foundation's six non-profit partners.  Three 8-week sessions are scheduled for 2016 as follows:
Session 2 - July 5 to August 23
Session 3 - September 6 to October 25
Taught by WHF volunteers who have trained on the FDIC Money Smart curriculum, the Financial Empowerment program helps the women gain the knowledge they need to make wise financial decisions when they leave Calvary to live independently.  Each weekly session lasts one hour at Calvary, located just minutes past the Nationals baseball stadium and convenient to the Anacostia Metro station.  This year, Sessions 1 and 3 volunteers will use the highly successful Money Smart curriculum.  Session 2 volunteers will use a pilot curriculum.  More information will follow as the pilot course is finalized. 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).

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)
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
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

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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) #19283. For other ways to donate and to learn more about the WHF Foundation click here.