NAHRO's Policy and Program Development staff conducts public policy analysis, formulates regulatory recommendations, and interacts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of the Association's members. Our policy staff plays a leading role in developing NAHRO's annual Legislative and Regulatory Agenda and recommended funding levels for federal housing and community development programs. NAHRO's Policy and Program Development also provides support to NAHRO's Congressional Relations team as it works to implement NAHRO's legislative priorities.
The Policy and Program Development staff is available to provide policy and program updates to regional and state conferences. These updates can be program specific and/or a multi-program overview such as a Washington Update. Speaking requests for the Policy and Program Development staff can be made at www.nahro.org/speaker-form or by contacting Georgi Banna.
Meet the Team
Georgi Banna has worked directly with the low-income community for more than 15 years. He began as a student in law school working in the Rental Housing Clinic and continued after law school becoming the Rental Housing Clinic’s Adjunct Clinical Instructor. In Mr. Banna’s private law practice, he represented clients in all aspects of real estate transactions from the purchase and sale of residential and commercial properties to landlord/tenant disputes over evictions and security deposits. Mr. Banna was Vice-President of the Ingham County Housing Commission providing oversight and input on the County’s home rehabilitation, Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs. After hurricane Katrina and Wilma, he worked with residents of the gulf coast by facilitating and processing home and business loans through the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program. Mr. Banna was a Senior Analyst and Project Manager for FirstPic, Inc. and provided training, outreach and TA to PHAs on HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs in the areas of PHA operations, planning, homeownership, admission and occupancy, HUD REO programs, Section 8 administration, and Section 8(y) and Section 32 homeownership. In addition, he has provided outreach and TA to local PHAs and non-profit organizations on purchasing HUD owned homes that are currently occupied by families affected by hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Mr. Banna also served as Director of HUD’s Public and Indian Housing Information Resource Center which provides guidance on HUD’s rental assistance programs and Grant Management Center. Mr. Banna is currently NAHRO's Director of Policy and Program Development and conducts public policy analysis, formulates regulatory recommendations, and interacts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of NAHRO's members.
Tushar Gurjal - Section 8 Policy Analyst (ext. 7216)
Tushar Gurjal is NAHRO's Policy Analyst for Section 8 programs. He works on issues related to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Project-Based Voucher Program, and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. Before coming to NAHRO, he worked at Habitat for Humanity International in the State and Local Relations group. He is a graduate of Villanova Law School and Brown University.
Eric Oberdorfer - Public Housing Policy Advisor (ext. 7213)
Eric Oberdorfer is the Policy Advisor for Public and Affordable Housing at NAHRO. He is responsible for a policy portfolio that includes the federal Public Housing Program and other affordable housing programs. This requires researching, analyzing, and formulating recommendations related to regulations and legislation involving federal rental assistance programs, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing Program. Along with the Policy and Program Development team, Eric is responsible for refining and advancing NAHRO's legislative and regulatory agenda.
Prior, Eric was a Research Associate at the Housing Assistance Council (HAC). At HAC, he worked on a variety of projects and reports that focused on topics related to rural affordable housing. His previous experience also includes working with affordable housing at the Department of Neighborhoods in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as the City of Vancouver and BC Housing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eric has a B.A. in geography and international development from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.A. in community and regional planning from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.