2019 Spring Legislative Conference Speakers
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  Doug Rice, a Senior Policy Analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will give attendees an overview of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget and appropriations process with specific focus on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations spending bill. Rice is a nationally recognized expert on federal housing policy for low-income families and most recently served as the Director of Housing and Community Development Policy at Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation’s largest networks of housing and social service providers. You won’t want to miss this worthwhile look into the federal budget and appropriations process!  

Courtney Butcher grew up outside of DC and always felt the itch to work in politics. After going to New England for her undergraduate studies, and teaching seventh grade social studies in the greater Boston area for five years, Courtney couldn’t ignore the call of politics and joined the 2012 Romney for President Campaign. After the campaign, Courtney moved back to DC and worked as a scheduler in the House of Representatives for three years before moving into her current role as the Director of Coalitions and Member Services at the Committee on Education and the Workforce. 


Ben Hobbs, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Ben is the White House Domestic Policy Council’s lead on Opportunity Zones, working with the Department of the Treasury on implementing regulations and 13 other agencies as part of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. Ben’s portfolio also includes work on affordable housing and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Domestic Policy Council, Ben served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Public and Indian Housing at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).