Fair Housing Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

About the Webinar:

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, new fair housing issues have emerged, and long-time problems have been exacerbated. This event will feature a discussion of the fair housing issues that have emerged during the crisis, how these issues may represent violations of federal, state, or local fair housing laws, and recommendations for how these emerging problems might be addressed by members of the housing industry as well as public and private fair housing organizations.

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Below, please find the full biographies of our Moderator and Panelists for this event.

Allan Lazo is the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, an organization with the mission to end housing discrimination in Oregon through access to education, advocacy, and enforcement. He has been a long-time community advocate for civil rights and social justice, especially in the areas of housing, homelessness, and racial equity.

Allan currently serves on the City of Portland Housing Bureau’s Affordable Housing Bond Oversight Committee and the state of Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Housing Rulemaking Advisory Committee. He is a long-time resident of Portland.

Jeanine Worden is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For ten years, she served as the Associate General Counsel for Fair Housing in the Department’s Office of General Counsel responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Worden was a manager in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where she supervised investigations and litigation and directed the Justice Department’s Project Civic Access initiative to remedy state and local government noncompliance with disability rights laws. 

Before joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Worden worked at a major Washington, D.C. law firm, specializing in civil litigation and advising clients about federal, state and local civil rights laws. 

She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, Master’s degrees from Middlebury College and The Johns Hopkins University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.  She is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland bars. 

Shina Majeed is the Principal Deputy Chief in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.   As the Principal Deputy Chief, she assists in overseeing a nation-wide program to enforce civil rights laws to protect persons from illegal discrimination in housing, lending, zoning and land use, and public accommodations. 

Ms. Majeed has successfully litigated and supervised numerous cases and investigations under the range of civil rights statutes the Housing Section enforces, including dozens of cases under the federal Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.  Ms. Majeed joined the Civil Rights Division in 2007, as a trial attorney, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Housing Section in 2013.  Prior to her time with the Division, Ms. Majeed worked in private practice, where she litigated civil rights cases. 

Ms. Majeed graduated from New York University School of Law and received her B.A. from Yale University. 

Bryan Greene is Vice President of Policy Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS® where he oversees all legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the association’s 1.4 million members. Bryan joined NAR in November 2019, and spent his first year at NAR raising the association’s profile in Washington and nationwide on all fair-housing-related policy matters as NAR’s first Director of Fair Housing Policy. 

Before joining NAR, Bryan served for ten years as the highest-ranking career official in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), where he oversaw the policy direction and operational management of the 600-person office enforcing the nation’s housing anti-discrimination laws. Under Bryan’s leadership as FHEO General Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD pursued large-scale, high-profile cases that addressed systemic discrimination and provided widespread relief. Bryan also managed HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) and HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), which together provide over $70 million to state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations fighting discrimination in local communities.  

Bryan has held other senior positions at HUD during his three decades at the agency, including a stint as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), where he worked to reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing.  

Bryan was the 2007 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, the highest federal honor bestowed upon federal senior executives for outstanding service. 

Bryan earned his degree in Government from Harvard University. 

Nicole Upano serves as Director of Public Policy for the National Apartment Association. In this role, she leads a team of housing policy experts. They conduct policy research and analysis and develop resources in support of the apartment industry’s advocacy priorities at all levels of government.

As a subject matter expert herself, Nicole specializes in fair housing, landlord-tenant, and property operations issues. Nicole calls Indiana home. She attended Indiana University, earning a B.A. in Political Science and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. 

Lisa Rice is President and CEO of the Nation-al Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and leads the organization’s efforts to advance fair housing principles and to preserve and broaden fair housing protections, expanding equal housing opportunities for millions of Americans. 

Ms. Rice played a major role in crafting sections of the Dodd-Frank Act and in establishing the Office of Fair Lending within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Ms. Rice served as NFHA’s Executive Vice President and man-aged the organization’s resource development, public policy, communications, and enforcement divisions.

Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and Quicken Loans Consumer Advisory Forum.

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