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Construction & Nonprofits: Meeting Fundamental Housing and Community

October 14, 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic and environmental concerns have pushed the housing crisis to a new breaking point. Thousands of residents in markets across the country are at risk: affordability, accessibility, financial viability and constructability. There are real challenges and lagging indicators of distress and deepening hardship for property owners and developers. Strategic construction development in partnership with nonprofits and sound governmental policy can alleviate some of these needs if done well.

Columbia University is pleased to convene a panel of distinguished experts who will discuss the challenges and potential remedies for consideration. Join us for an engaging discussion about cross-cutting issues that have pressing implications involving governance and policy choices aimed at achieving better outcomes by leadership at all levels for residents and businesses, developers and lenders. Stakeholder issues in other areas around the country include: sustainable housing, nonprofit housing development, construction management and public/private partnerships that are so prevalent in the housing arena.

In addition to the needs of the City and the surrounding region, this will be an opportunity to learn about policy considerations related to the Biden administration’s infrastructure plans, and climate change requiring new housing solutions globally, as well as housing as a part of social justice and equity movements.


John Parkinson, M.S.

Program Director and Lecturer in the Discipline of Construction Administration

Special Guest Speakers:

Cindy M. Lott, Esq.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Academic Director, M.S. Nonprofit Management

Francisco X. Pineda, FRICS, M.B.A., M.P.A.

Lecturer in the Discipline of Construction Administration


Astrid Andre, Deputy General Counsel

Selfhelp Community Services

Spencer Orkus, Managing Director, Affordable Housing

L + M Development

Alexa Sewell, President & Chief Executive Officer

Settlement Housing Fund

Valerie White, Executive Director



James Murphy, LEED-AP, Vice President

Turner & Townsend Gov LLC, PMCM National Lead

For questions, please contact SPS-Nonprofit@columbia.edu.

For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or inquire@sps.columbia.edu.

Event Contact Information:
Nonprofit Management