Archives for May 2016


2016 Welcome Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Harriet Tregoning

Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Harriet Tregoning is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development. She currently leads the Office of Community Planning and Development at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Tregoning recently led HUD's Office of Economic Resilience, helping regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Tregoning was the Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to makeWashington, DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and thriving city. Her priorities included re-writing the city's zoning code for the first time in 50 years, planning the revitalization of National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus as part of the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security's Headquarters, and collaborating with her transportation colleagues to bring the nation's (then) largest bike-sharing program to DC in 2010.

Prior to this she was the director of the Governors' Institute on Community Design and co-founded with former Maryland Governor Glendening. She served Governor Glendening as Secretary of Planning. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Ms. Tregoning was the director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Tregoning's academic training is in engineering and public policy.

Ms. Tregoning was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2003-2004.



2016 Partnership Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Jair Lynch

Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM

As Founder, President and CEO of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, Mr. Lynch assumes primary responsibility for firm management and project coordination, with a commitment to developing a quality product and superior service. That commitment has produced distinctive urban mixed-use projects for investors and a distinguished list of public, private and non-profit clients.

Mr. Lynch has over twenty years’ experience in public and private real estate as an investor and advisor, including projects in Silicon Valley, CA and Washington, DC. He founded Jair Lynch in 1998 and has completed more than 55 projects totaling 3 million square feet of development in DC, with an additional 2 million square feet in his development pipeline. He is a driving force for urban regeneration, working to create walkable urban places to empower people, develop place and create prosperity.

Mr. Lynch was also an American gymnast who won a silver medal in the parallel bars at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He had an innovative and polished style that stood out for an American gymnast. He also attended Stanford University, where he was a member of Stanford's 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Gymnastics championship teams.



2016 Networking Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Carlos Velázquez

Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Carlos Velázquez has been in the health communications and policy field for over 20 years with local and national organizations working with diverse communities throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Velázquez has served as a senior administrator and executive with nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, Virginia, Minnesota, and Nevada and has provided technical assistance and training to a large network of government agencies and corporations on community engagement strategies and eliminating health disparities among Hispanics.

He is currently the president of HMA Associates, a cultural communications firm located in Washington, DC. Mr. Velázquez is responsible for developing campaign partnerships within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He manages national social marketing projects that address diverse health issues including tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, food insecurity, and adult immunization.

He has served on the boards of organizations such as the Nevada Museum of Art, Health Insight Council, Westside Medical Center, the Latino Network on Tobacco Control and Prevention and the American Civil Liberties Union in Nevada. He has also served on the Minneapolis Mayor’s Latino Advisory Committee; American Legacy Foundation-Steering Committee for Special Populations; the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Steering Committee; the HIV Commission for the City of Alexandria; the Arts Commission and the Human Rights Commission for Arlington County.

Mr. Velázquez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Nevada Reno and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of the Pacific. He conducted doctoral work in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Oregon and postgraduate research in counseling at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is an award winning speaker and writer and contributes as a blogger on sites dedicated to men’s health and social justice.