Ellen Lurie HoffmanFederal Policy Director
Ellen Lurie Hoffman joined the National Housing Trust in May 2014 as the Federal Policy Director. Ellen is responsible for federal housing policy spanning the HUD Budget, maintaining and improving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, energy efficiency investments, housing finance reform, and fair housing. She represents the Trust before congressional staff, federal officials, and other housing advocates and stakeholders. Ellen facilitates the national Preservation Working Group, a coalition of over 40 nonprofit organizations dedicated to the preservation of affordable rental housing. She leads the Trust’s “Where Will We Live?” campaign, a special effort to elevate housing issues at the federal, state, and local level by raising the voices of residents, developing new messaging, creating cross-sector partnerships, and identifying new champions. Ellen also co-directs federal policy engagement within Energy Efficiency for All, a multi-state initiative that works to make multifamily housing healthy and affordable through energy and water efficiency.
Prior to joining the Trust, Ellen worked for the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) for nine years, where she analyzed and advocated for federal multifamily housing policy issues on behalf of the nation's state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs). NCSHA is the leading national nonprofit organization created by state HFAs to coordinate and leverage their federal advocacy efforts for affordable housing. Ellen led NCSHA's legislative campaign to advocate for congressional authorization of Ginnie Mae securitization within the FHA-HFA Risk-Sharing program. Ellen has been engaged on the HUD budget, housing finance reform, HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and FHA and USDA multifamily programs. She also promoted a primary role for state agencies in the Section 8 Performance-Based Contract Administration (PBCA) program with HUD and Congress.
Ellen holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Vassar College.