This is an archive of all Community Trailblazers content. It provides a historical perspective on the creation of housing and communities.

The Oral History of Housing and Communities

In the Community TrailBlazers Podcast, we are featuring Fellows of the American Academy of Housing and Communities who have had a major impact on world affairs, federal policy, and the development of community culture through courageous action to bring about change. Most have lived through many Presidents, many generations, and many changes. We capture their thoughts on the last 50 years of public policy and discuss what the future may hold.

Kent Watkins founded this honorary society, consisting of the top national and international thought leaders and implementers in the field of urbanism. These include heads of federal agencies and their senior staffs, as well as urbanist leaders in social welfare, health, education, culinary arts, art and poetry, transportation, climate and others who have made an impact on the culture of the areas we live in.  All are considered peers and have achieved success in some unique way. Referred to as the Academy Series, Nan McKay spotlights these trailblazers.

Connecting People to Opportunities Across America: CEO Circle

Groundbreaking CEO Circle for Management Excellence Ep. 78 - Join In a lively discussion among five leaders of the CEO Circle regarding managing nonprofits for excellence and connecting people to opportunities across America. this episode, we feature members of the CEO Circle who are the CEOs of community development and ...
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A Legend of Building Cities and Parks | Leonard Zax

    Paterson Great Falls National Park Ep. 77 - Leonard Zax is the CEO of the Hamilton Partnership, a nonprofit organization that led the effort to create the Paterson Great Falls National Park in his hometown of Paterson New Jersey. He has degrees in law and city planning from ...
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Is Workforce Housing Viable? David Engel

HUD Research Expert Ep. 76 - David Engel shares his successes and challenges working in affordable housing for decades and the concern he still expresses for the industry. He has a unique perspective since he worked in research at HUD, not production. His thoughts on the impediments to affordable housing and ...
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How to Be An Economic Development Leader: Jeff Finkle

Creating a Foundation to Help People Ep. 75 - Jeff Finkle - As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development. In this episode, Jeff talks about his role as deputy assistant secretary at HUD in the mid-80s ...
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How to Create Thought Leadership: Alison Gross

Worldwide Event Planner Ep. 74 - Alison Gross weaves a fascinating story of excelling as a worldwide event planner of global events such as in Monte Carlo to coordinating the Maccabi  games and a world sailing race in the U.S. She's all about thought leadership and models it through her ...
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How to Impact Lives as an Attorney: Lisa L Walker

Housing and Development Law Institute Ep. 73 - Lisa L. Walker has discovered the way to both succeed as an attorney while satisfying her other passion, impacting lives. Housing and Development Law Institute, referred to as HDLI, is a legal think tank and fills a unique need - a one-stop ...
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MBA’s Affordable Housing Initiatives: Steve O’Connor

How to Reach Low Income and Minority Consumers As senior vice president for affordable housing initiatives at the Mortgage Bankers Association, Steve O'Connor is rolling out affordable housing initiatives in several cities. Steve's role in the association is to build partnerships to address affordable housing and create more homeownership opportunities ...
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Asia and International Trade: Stanley Marcuss

Private vs Public Redevelopment Stanley explains the negative effects of the adverse consequences of international trade. Listen to his story on Adlai Stevenson and why foreign corruption is still rampant in international marketplaces. Top Take-aways   How the US-China Delegation works How to harness the knowledge of other people to ...
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HUD Secretary and Trade Ambassador Carla Hills

Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary Carla Hills, Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary Ep. 49 - What would it be like to be responsible for negotiating a trade agreement with China or Japan or any other world country? Imagine yourself about to take a high-level job with ...
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Emmy and ASCAP Winner: Earl Rose

Multi-Talented Emmy and ASCAP Award Winner The importance of supporting your children's passions which might become their lifelong careers The power of persistence and taking advantage of a moment that could change the trajectory of your life or career Why you should always be aware of your surroundings not to ...
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Michael Moskow Podcast

A Manager to Remember Ep. 69 - Michael Moskow is a manager personified. Michael's professional accomplishments include service in both the public and private sectors, as well as higher education. During the course of his career, he has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for five positions in the federal ...
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Shekar Narasimhan Podcast

A Mover and Shaker in Finance and Community Development Shekar Narasimhan Ep. 68 - Shekar is a bona fide mover and shaker of finance and community development! How do you fix a town dying because their major industry pulled out? How do you retain the young adults because there aren't ...
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William Lilley Podcast

William Lilley III: American Western History Buff ++ William Lilley III Ep. 67 - "Bill Lilley taught at Yale, worked for the federal government, worked at CBS in New York, and started a software company, which he sold," said John Fox Sullivan, longtime friend and former Yale student." Meet William ...
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Al Dellibovi Podcast

HUD Reform in the 1980's Ep. 66 - Meet Alfred Dellibovi, President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, and a nationally recognized authority on banking, the lending industry, housing, public finance, and HUD reform in the 1980's. He was United States Deputy Secretary of Housing ...
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