Upcoming 2021 DCAR Speaker Series events

 

September 9: Inclusionary Zoning with Gene Bulmash, Program Manager for the Department of Housing and Community Development

Thursday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

The District of Columbia is using an array of tools to meet the city’s housing affordability challenge. One tool that has received significant attention over the past year is Inclusionary Zoning (IZ). Several Zoning Cases have been proposed (and adopted) that reshapes IZ to help increase the District’s affordable housing production.

IZ already promoted plenty of questions regarding its mechanics—now with the upgrades, it’s key for REALTORS® to stay ahead of the curve. DC’s Inclusionary Zoning Program Manager, Gene Bulmash, will discus how IZ is influencing D.C.’s housing supply.

About the speaker: A recovering lawyer now working to produce and preserve affordable housing in Washington, D.C., Gene Bulmash manages the District of Columbia’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) affordable housing program. The program is producing about 200 new, safe, clean, amenity-rich affordable homes each year and has produced about 1,300 homes to date. Gene also manages the District’s affordable dwelling unit (ADU) program, which created approximately another 1,700 affordable homes, mostly from land dispositions or Zoning Commission cases.

Prior to joining DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development, Gene practiced real estate, municipal and corporate law for over 20 years in Chicago, London, DC and Singapore. He worked for small and large firms, including managing his own firm and represented individuals, small and large corporations and governments.

Gene received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and passing the CPA exam.

Past 2021 Speaker Series events

Education and Schools

June 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cludia Luján, DCPS deputy chief, strategic school planning and enrollment, spoke to REALTORS® on issues ranging from COVID-19, equity initiatives and new, and innovative programs aimed at bettering the district’s overall public school system

Claudia Luján was born and raised in Washington D.C. and has over fourteen years of experience working in education.  In 2017, she re-joined District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to manage the District’s planning and portfolio work. Claudia has a long history of working in DC education that began in 2005 as the Workforce Director at the Carlos Rosario International Career Center and Public Charter School, a public charter school for adult immigrants.  In 2007, she joined DC Government and has since held multiple positions in the Deputy Mayor for Educations’ Office (DME) and DCPS, managing and leading a number of citywide planning projects.   At the DME she worked on projects primarily focused on cross-sector planning, including the District’s first common lottery and student assignment issues.  As the Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer at DCPS, she managed the agency’s portfolio-planning activities, including school closures, grade configuration changes, and enrollment projections.  Claudia received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Mills College.  She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with her four children.

 

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Clarence Whitescarver, chief building official for D.C.’s Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), provided insights into the all-important inspection process.

The District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan

March 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) is likely one of the most important documents that you rarely hear about—it’s the guiding document for Washington, D.C. government, residents, employers and developers. Housing and land use are cornerstone pieces in the Comp Plan. To provide clarity and insight on this complex document, we are honored to have Director Andrew Trueblood joined DCAR and its members to discuss details. Director Trueblood also provided our members with key updates happening at the Office of Planning.

 

Affordable Housing and Rent Control

February 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dean Hunter, CEO of the Small Multifamily Owners Association, joined us for our first Speaker Series of 2021. Dean and his association have advocated fiercely for small housing providers and have helped ward off Rent Control legislation.