Conference & Exhibition, May 20 – 21, 2019


Conference registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks on Monday and Tuesday as well as an evening reception at the end of the day on Monday. 


Joel Kotkin, Fellow in Urban Planning, Chapman University

Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He authored THE HUMAN CITY: Urbanism for the Rest of Us (Agate Press) in 2016 and co-edited, with MIT’s Alan Berger, the 2018 collection INFINITE SUBURBIA (Princeton University Press).

Mr. Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism ( He is Senior Advisor to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. He is Executive Editor of the widely read website A regular contributor to the City Journal, Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics, he also writes a weekly column for Digital First Media, which owns numerous daily newspapers in the greater Los Angeles region.

Kotkin is the author of seven previously published books, including the widely praised THE NEW CLASS CONFLICT (Telos Press), which describes the changing dynamics of class in America.

Other past books include THE NEXT HUNDRED MILLION: America in 2050 (Penguin), which explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. THE CITY: A GLOBAL HISTORY and TRIBES: How Race, Religion and Identity Are Reshaping the Global Economy, were also published in numerous languages including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German and Arabic.

Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the places with the best opportunities for minorities. His 2013 report, “Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented on not only in the United States, but in Israel, Brazil, Canada and other countries.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide study for the UK-based Legatum Institute on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City, and in 2010 completed an international study on “the new world order,” also for Legatum, that traced trans- national ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia. He has also done studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, San Bernardino, and St. Louis, among others, in addition to working in smaller communities, including a report with Praxis Strategy Group on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University.

Kotkin recently completed several studies including on Texas urbanism, the future of localism, the changing role of transit in America and most recently California’s lurch towards feudalism. He is co-author, with Michael Lind, on a report published in 2018 on the revival of the American Heartland for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. As director of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman, he was the lead author of a major study on housing, and recently, with Marshall Toplansky, published a strategic analysis for Orange County, CA.

Milton Pratt, Jr. , Sr. Vice President of Strategic Planning, The Michaels Organization

As Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at The Michaels Organization, Milton R. Pratt Jr. focuses on pipeline growth and improving asset performance by managing relationships with various governmental and industry groups. Milton is charged with maintaining, expanding, and leveraging relationships with Public Housing Authorities, HUD and select industry groups. He works closely with Michaels’s six regional offices to generate opportunities in various national markets.  He also works with Michaels Management on affordable projects regarding the potential to restructure existing assets under HUD’s RAD/MTM or ACC programs. Milton is a thought leader in the affordable housing industry and is a frequent panelist at national affordable housing conferences.

Mr. Pratt previously served as Senior Vice President of Development with Michaels, his team developed more than 4000 units valued in excess of $400 million. His award-winning work on HOPE VI/Mixed Finance developments in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Sarasota and Tampa showcase the transformation of outdated and neglected public housing into sustainable, mixed-income communities.  These transformations are examples of Public/Private partnerships working to improve the lives of families.

Prior to joining The Michaels Organization in 2005, Mr. Pratt was appointed by President George W. Bush and Secretary Mel Martinez as the Region III Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was the Department’s principal liaison to Congressional members, mayors, city managers, state and local elected officials, and a wide cross section of HUD clients in the Mid-Atlantic region including PA, DE, MD, VA, WV and D.C. Milton also held various leadership/development positions at National Equity Fund, L.I.S.C., The Chester Housing Authority, and The Philadelphia Housing Authority.

Mr. Pratt earned his BA in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Planning from West Chester University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, and the MARC NAHRO chapter of The National Association of Housing and Rehabilitation Officials. He is a founding member of the Affordable Housing Developers Council and has also served on various other local boards, including the Philadelphia Chapters of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cheyney University Foundation and the Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Fraternity. He was also a member of Neighborhoods Now and served on the Board of Trustees for West Chester University Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Philabundance, a regional food bank serving 9 counties in Philadelphia MSA region.  Milton has received a Public Housing Managers Certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  In his free time he enjoys cycling and is an avid racquetball player.

Tess Hembree, Director of Congressional Relations, National NAHRO

Tess Hembree joined NAHRO in the spring of 2013, working with the Congressional Relations team to strengthen NAHRO’s Congressional outreach, field operations, and advocacy efforts. Tess has worked in Washington, DC for nearly a decade in the housing and community development field, providing policy expertise and advocacy support to organizations such as the American Planning Association, Smart Growth America, the City of Greensboro, NC, and others. Tess grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended Western Washington University.


Fee includes all conference events including general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibit hall, breakfast, lunch & refreshment breaks both days and cocktail reception on Monday. (Registration does not include the post-conference bus tour)

Conference Registration 
Early Bird Registration Fee Thru April 2nd 
$285 PSWRC Members ($360 non-members)
Price increases by after 4/2 

Post-Conference “Anaheim Community Development” Bus Tour 
$28 per person (while supply lasts)


Commissioner Fundamentals Training / Tuesday Conference Attendance

This course begins on Sunday, May 19th and will run concurrently with Monday’s breakout sessions to qualify towards Commissioner certification. On Tuesday, May 20th, commissioners will be permitted to attend Tuesday conference sessions.

This course explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing understanding of the commissioner’s multi-faceted position as advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist-and more. Increase your effectiveness as a board member and leader, while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries. Provides an excellent training foundation for the new commissioners.

Who Should Attend:

New & veteran commissioners and new board officers

Training Registration 
Registration Fee Thru May 5th 
$450 per attendee

NAHRO Certification Exam – Post Conference Offering

We offer you or your staff an opportunity to sit for/re-take a Certification Exam will be available at this year’s PSWRC-NAHRO Conference in Anaheim, CA, May 21st with the administration of the exam beginning at 1:30 PM.  Interested candidates must register in advance for the exam, indicating which exam they would like to take as part of this registration.  There is a $175 fee for the Region’s administration of these Certification Exams post-conference

NAHRO sends exam results only to the individual participant unless authorized by that participant to also send the result to the employer or other person(s). To authorize that action by NAHRO, the individual registrant must complete and sign an Exam Authorization Release Form and return it to NAHRO. 


Here’s all the information you’ll need about the Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort.  Book your room today while space is still available through Friday, April 26, 2019 or (while supply lasts) at our group room rate which is just $175/night for a standard room!


How can YOU participate in our exhibition?

We have a number of conference contributor & sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming conference!  More information about these opportunities can be found on the Vendor Exhibition registration page on the PSWRC-NAHRO website or click on the button below to learn about our different opportunities!