Opportunities to Participate

Women in Housing and Finance welcomes the active participation of WHF members in events and committees. Please contact the WHF office by email or call 703-683-4742 if you are interested in participating in any of the following WHF committees:

Communications Committee: 
The Communications Committee performs the important task of disseminating information about WHF's activities to the public and promotes the WHF brand. The Committee ensures media coverage of WHF events, drafts press releases, maintains contacts with a number of newspapers and other media organizations, and coordinates the development of the WHF Website design and content.
 
Committee Chair: Rockhelle Johnson 
Vice Chair: Mary Miano
 
Membership Committee:
The Membership Committee actively works to recruit new members and retain existing members. The Committee coordinates with the WHF Board to identify opportunities that help to improve the WHF membership experience, develop new WHF leaders, and market and promote WHF programs and activities to prospective members.  The Committee executes marketing and promotional plans for recruitment and develops activities that are associated with new member orientation. The Committee also undertakes to educate members about the full range of WHF events and benefits and encourages members to take on leadership and supporting roles throughout the WHF organization. The Membership Committee has two subcommittees: Mentorship and Young Professional. 
 
Committee Chair: Courtney Vaughan  
Vice-Chair:  Kris Kully
 
Mentorship Subcommittee develops mentoring programs for WHF membership. This Subcommittee coordinates with the leadership of the WHF Membership Committee to identify mentoring opportunities that serve to develop new WHF leaders and improve both the WHF membership experience as well as the professional and career experience of members.  The Subcommittee helps to execute marketing and promotional plans to include programs for recruitment and activities that focus on new member orientation.  The Subcommittee also undertakes activities to educate members about the full range of WHF mentoring opportunities and benefits as well as encourages members to take on leadership and supporting roles throughout the WHF organization.

Committee Chair: Lawrence Kaplan 
Vice-Chair: Dionne Joemah
 
Young Professional Subcommittee actively works to implement priority YP activities that have been established by the leadership of WHF Membership Committee. This Subcommittee works in conjunction with the leadership of WHF Membership Committee to identify opportunities that will improve the WHF YP membership experience.  It also coordinates with the leadership of WHF Mentorship Subcommittee to identify YPs and introduce them to WHF mentoring programs; contribute ideas and make suggestions that will promote both social and professional activities of interest to WHF YP members; and help market and promote WHF programs and activities to other YPs.  
 
Committee Chair: Simone dos Santos
Co-Vice Chairs: Meredith Mull and Sarah Razaq Sallis
 
                        Partnership Subcommittee: 
                        The Partnership Committee is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with organizations that help to strengthen WHF’s mission. The Partnership Committee works with the WHF Board to develop the policies and guidelines associated with best practices in the selection of new partnerships. The Committee targets partnerships with organizations that complement and promote WHF values and programs, offer education, resources, professional development opportunities in housing and finance to WHF members, and have the potential of broadening WHF membership. 
 
                          Committee Chair: Heidi Wicker
                         
 
Program Committee: 
The Program Committee arranges speakers and locations for public policy luncheons, which are the focal point for WHF's activities, and features, as speakers, senior executives in the financial services, housing, and housing finance areas from Congress, the Administration, independent government agencies, and the private sector.  Additionally, the Committee arranges speakers and locations for brown bag meetings, which can only be attended by WHF members. Speakers consist of policy makers in the financial services, housing, and housing finance areas.  WHF's brown bag meetings are an important complement to WHF public policy luncheon programs and provide a free flowing discussion in which members can focus more on their own areas or new areas also of interest. The brown-bag meetings are strictly off-the-record.
 
Committee Co-Chairs: Lindsey Johnson and Barbara Keller
Public Policy and Special Events Vice-Chair:  Nicole Ehrbar
Brownbag Vice-Chairs: Lisa Ledbetter and Wendy Tran

Sponsorship Committee: 
The Sponsorship Committee seeks sponsors for various WHF events and determines levels of sponsorship. 
Committee Chair: Joanna Shapiro
Vice Chair: Mary Pat Denney

 
2017 Symposium Committee:
The Symposium Committee organizes the annual WHF Symposium, which is one of WHF’s flagship events that feature emerging issues in the financial services, housing, and housing finance fields and their impact on consumers, business, and the economy. The day-long event provides an avenue for WHF members to broaden their understanding of current issues and to have access to keynote speakers from the Administration, Executive branch and regulatory agencies, and the public and private sectors. The Committee orchestrates the event’s content, speakers, and general proceedings. Symposium topics that have been covered in the past include perspectives on credit and liquidity in housing finance; Dodd-Frank implementation; the future of housing finance; and most recently, the impact of financial technology (FinTech) on the financial services industry. 
Committee Chair: Joanna Shapiro