Jessica Facciponti is the Director of Policy and Programs at the New York Housing Conference, a statewide affordable housing policy and advocacy organization. In this role, she advocates on the city, state and federal levels to create and preserve housing opportunities for her fellow New Yorkers. Previously, she had worked at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) on federal affordable housing policy, mobility research, and project-based assistance contract management. Prior to her tenure at HPD, she worked for Homes for the Homeless (HFH), a government-contracted non-profit family shelter provider, where she managed service operations and the organizationâ€™s overall policy and contract compliance. While at HFH, Jessica also served as the Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery and mitigation project manager. Jessica has also worked for several other community-based organizations in NYC and Florida, where she researched and advocated for the local economic, civic, and infrastructural needs of low and mixed-income communities. Jessica holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree from Barnard College-Columbia University and an Applied Anthropology Masterâ€™s degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, where she specialized in ethnographic research methodologies and sustainable community development policy.