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David Hunter

Director of Policy

David Hunter serves as Director of Policy for the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST). His focus includes federal legislative and regulatory matters related to affordable housing production and preservation, mortgage financing and servicing, foreclosure prevention and equitable access.

With over 20 years of national nonprofit and for-profit experience, David has previously worked on single-family and multifamily policy and programs for Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and citywide trade associations. He has also partnered with national philanthropy, academic institutions, state and municipal governments, land banks and nonprofit housing developers on a range of community reinvestment and social equity initiatives.

Mr. Hunter holds an MBA in real estate finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Elisabeth Coats

Director, Homeownership Alliance

Elisabeth serves as the Director of the Homeownership Alliance, NCST’s practitioner-led coalition of 29 CDFIs and nonprofit housing developers from 19 states. In this role, Elisabeth manages the membership-based advocacy organization by promoting a practitioner-driven policy agenda to expand affordable homeownership in all communities across the nation. In coordination with the Homeownership Alliance’s Steering Committee and the broader membership, she facilitates multi-pronged advocacy strategies to deliver the Alliance’s affordable homeownership policy priorities to Congress and the Administration.

Before her time with NCST, Elisabeth served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National NeighborWorks Association (NNA), the trade association representing NeighborWorks organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Here, she implemented actionable advocacy priorities informed by affordable housing and community development nonprofits that make up the NeighborWorks network. Prior to joining the NNA, Elisabeth worked as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, specializing in the federal budget process, affordable housing, homeless assistance, and community development issues.

Elisabeth holds a master’s degree in social work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in Policy and Social & Economic Development. She received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., where she majored in Psychology and Political Science.