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Barry Zigas

Barry Zigas

Barry Zigas became Director of Housing for Consumer Federation of America in 2008.� He is responsible for CFA�s policies on housing and mortgage finance including secondary market systems, foreclosure and loan modification policies, and community reinvestment issues.� He also consults with housing and community development nonprofits and foundations on strategy, innovation and leadership through his firm Zigas and Associates LLC.�Zigas was Senior Vice President at Fannie Mae from 1995-2006, where he led the company�s single family community lending initiatives, as well as corporate and regulatory reporting on the company�s housing goals, investments in CDFIs, and support for homeownership counseling and education.� He joined Fannie Mae in 1993 as Vice President for Housing Impact.Zigas served as President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition from 1984-1993, where he led the efforts to create the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the� HOME program and expanded responsibilities for community lending at Fannie and Freddie, and as Associate Executive Director and other staff positions at the US Conference of Mayors from 1976-1984.� He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College, from which he also received an Alumni Award in 2012, and a 1997 graduate of the Wharton School�s Advanced Management Program.��Zigas serves as Chairman of the Board of Mercy Housing, Inc, and as a Director of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), National Housing Conference, and the Avalon Theater Project, a neighborhood-supported nonprofit movie theater in Washington, DC.� He was appointed to the Bipartisan Policy Center�s Housing Commission in December, 2011, and previously served on the Rouse-Maxwell Task Force and the Mitchell-Danforth Task Force in the 1980�s.� He is an active participant in the Mortgage Finance Working Group sponsored by the Center for American Progress, as well as the foreclosure working group of Americans for Financial Reform (AFR).� His articles and commentary have appeared in American Prospect, American Banker, Washingtonian, and other publications, and he is frequently quoted in print and electronic media.�