Housing Smart Cities

Wednesday, February 3rd

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Watch Recording

Smarter, more innovative housing solutions are on the way. We must embrace them in at every corner of the housing delivery and access system: new construction approaches, new policies, new financing, new tenure models, new programs, even new relationships with our neighbors and communities. In this panel discussion, housing experts will discuss the evolving solutions to housing challenges in urban places and offer visionary perspective on housing possibilities in the Greater Washington region.  Q&A to follow.

Moderator (click link for bio): Mel Jones, Research Scientist, Virginia Center for Housing Research


Akeria Brown, Homeownership Program Administrator, Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing & Development.

Akeria Brown is the Homeownership Program Administrator for Arlington County, VA. She is responsible for implementation of the County’s single-family homeownership programs in furtherance of the County’s Affordable Housing Master Plan. Ms. Brown is a thought-leader with a passion for homeownership empowerment. With a diverse and contemporary background in asset management, Veteran housing and homeless prevention, she has developed strong relationships with other housing strategists and contributes to several advisory councils throughout the region. Ms. Brown earned dual B.S. degrees in Social Science and Behavioral Science and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist for the Virginia REALTORS© 

Lisa the founder of LSA Planning and an advisor to the firm. Lisa served as Vice President for Research for the National Housing Conference (NHC) between 2013 and 2016 where she oversaw the organization’s research and local outreach. Prior to NHC, Lisa served as Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis and Associate Research Professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. She worked from 2000 to 2005 in the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development. Lisa completed her PhD in public policy from George Mason University in May 2006. She received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland and a BS in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University.

Andrew McCoy, Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR), Beliveau Professor of the Department of Building Construction and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) at Virginia Tech. 

Andrew’s main area of research involves diffusion and commercialization of innovative projects in the construction industry. A partnership with the Urban Institute to review HUD’s innovation pipeline and set new foundations leading to a Congressional appropriation for HUD’s new “Office of Innovation” based in part on the findings of this work.