On Wednesday, President Obama announced his intent to nominate NHC Chair Helen Kanovsky, chief operating officer of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kanovksy, who has served as chair of NHC for the past three years, has also served on the board of NHC’s research affiliate the Center for Housing Policy.
At the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Kanovsky manages an organization that has provided over $5.25 billion to finance 86,000 units of multifamily housing creating over 58,000 union jobs in the construction industry. Additionally, during her tenure on the boards of NHC and the Center, she has not only demonstrated a strong commitment to affordable housing, but also a keen knowledge of all the related policies and issues - making both organizations more viable at a time when enormous challenges exist within the housing community.
Kanovsky also previously served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator John Kerry, as well as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of GE Capital Asset Management and its predecessor, Skyline Financial Services Corporation. She was a partner and associate at Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin, and also served as Special Assistant to Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris at HUD, HEW and HHS.
NHC would like to congratulate Kanovsky on her nomination and wish her well as she continues to advocate for policies and solutions that address our nation's housing challenges and opportunities.
To learn more about Kanovsky and her recent nomination, please read the HUD Press Release.