Strategies for Engaging Elected Officials at Ground Breakings/Grand Opening Events

Wednesday, November 8: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

In today's fast-paced world of short attention spans, hashtags and Instagram, developing strong relationships with policy makers and funders is critical. This session will discuss strategies for engaging elected officials in the work of affordable housing development. Speakers will share stories of successful outreach efforts, as well as examples of messages that resonate well with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.


Guy Ford, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Guy Ford joined OHFA in August 2009 and is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with members of the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio's Congressional delegation. Mr. Ford previously held the positions of Assistant Director of Government Relations at the Ohio Department of Insurance, Managing Director for the Ohio Aggregates Association, State Government Affairs Manager for the National Solid Wastes Management Association, Legislative Affairs Manager for Browning-Ferris Industries, and the Director of Economic Development for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ford received a Bachelor of Science in communications from Ohio University and earned his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.


Maude Hill, Homeport
Ms. Hill joined Homeport d.b.a. Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP) in 1990 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations since 2016. Her responsibilities encompass overseeing Resource Development Philanthropy, Marketing, and Public Relations; commits to fundraise over $2 million in contributions and grants, and facilitates Community and Government Relations for Homeport. She was the Vice President of Community and Government Relations from 1997 - 2016. In that capacity, she provided management oversight of all Homeport Community and Government relations, and networked with other organizations to promote awareness of Affordable Housing and other related Human Services concerns. Prior to joining Homeport, Ms. Hill worked for the Celeste Governor's Office of Recovery Services and served as an advisor to First Lady Dagmar Celeste on Human Services issues. Ms. Hill has also been employed by the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board as an Community Relations Representative for the 3rd Police District and as a case manager for the Cuyahoga County Department of Human Services. Currently, Ms. Hill is a member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, as well as, a member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Development Advisory Council. In addition, she is the 1st Vice Chair of the Greater Community Columbus Helping Hands, Inc. (GCCH), a member of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, The Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, serves as an IMPACT Community Action Agency Board of Director, and a member of The Baptist Ministers Wives and Widows Alliance of Columbus. In the past, Ms. Hill has served on the boards of the Renaissance Community Development Corporation, Urban Minority Alcoholism Outreach Program, The Huntington Community Advisory Board, Coalition of Homelessness and Housing in Ohio Advisory Board, Columbus Apartment Association Crime Reduction Commission, and the Freddie Mac Advisory Board for Dispel the Myth.

Maurie Hanauer, The Model Group
Maurie Hanauer joined the Model Group in June 2014, bringing ten years of project and event management experience from the non‐profit sector. Her responsibilities include administrative support to the development team, including assistance with funding applications, RFQs, project financial closings, event planning and document/file coordination. Maurie lives in Norwood with her husband and two children. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipscomb University.

Diane Richey, The NRP Group LLC
Diane Richey is an accomplished director of marketing and business development manager with more than 15 years' experience in the real estate and financial industries. She has an extensive background in marketing with more than 12 years' experience in marketing management. As the director of marketing at The NRP Group, she is responsible for promoting and overseeing consistent branding of NRP as a company internally and externally through consistent presence of marketing materials, PR activities, social media, and reputation management, in addition to managing the creative team to accomplish corporate strategic and departmental initiatives. On a national level, she continues to provide oversight and direction for many award winning marketing campaigns over her tenure in the multifamily industry.