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National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy Appoint Ross as Chief Operating Officer

Washington, DC (September 16, 2010) - The National Housing Conference (NHC) and Center for Housing Policy (Center) today announced the appointment of Lynn M. Ross to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer for NHC and the Center. Ross will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the two related organizations and helping to ensure their operations are well coordinated.

“Lynn Ross is one of housing’s most talented and hard-working executives,” said Maureen Friar, NHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “With extraordinary experience, judgment and integrity, she will provide the operational leadership we need as our organization enters an era of unprecedented change in housing advocacy.”

“I am exceptionally proud to serve NHC, its members and the Center at a time when it has never been more important to assure the future of affordable housing in America,” said Ross.

Ross joined NHC and the Center in 2007 as the Director of State and Local Initiatives. In that capacity she was responsible for developing and executing the education, outreach, and technical assistance strategies of both organizations directed at helping to strengthen housing policies at the state and local levels. Her major accomplishments include the launch of NHC and the Center's bi-annual Solutions for Working Families learning conference in 2009 and implementing a series of regional convening's across the country on issues ranging from workforce housing to the preservation of affordable rental housing.

Prior to joining NHC and the Center, Ross was with the American Planning Association, where as manager of the Planning Advisory Service she oversaw a staff of six planners and support staff providing customized planning research to over 1,200 planning agencies, consultants, and educational institutions.

Ross holds a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.S. in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. She is a certified planner and member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. Ross also serves on APA's Diversity Task Force and the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning’s Planning Advisory Council. She was honored with the 2009 Design Achievement Award from the Iowa State University College of Design.