YP Connections - Hosted by Housing Colorado's Young Professionals Committee
Ever wonder how our industry leaders got their start in affordable housing? Come to our YP Connections session hosted by the Housing Colorado Young Professionals Committee and find out. We will hear from two industry leaders on their career paths, industry take and what they are seeing for the future. Takeaways include possible career development paths and insight into what makes a good leader in this industry. Make sure to bring your questions! See below for this month's speakers.
This free event is for members only. All Housing Colorado members are welcome, but you must register to attend as seating is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about membership or if you need your member login.
3:30 pm Speaker Presentations
4:00 pm Q & A
4:30 pm Networking
5:00 pm Event Ends
Britta Fisher, Chief Housing Officer, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
Britta Fisher was appointed as Chief Housing Officer for the City & County of Denver by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in June 2018. Fisher has been involved in affordable housing in the Denver area since 2000, serving primarily in the non-profit sector. Fisher most recently served as the Executive Director of mpowered, an organization providing financial coaching and transformation. Fisher spent the prior 11 years at Localworks in Wheat Ridge, supporting revitalization through community and economic development strategies and tools.
Fisher’s passion and expertise for housing is reflected in her leadership as she has advocated for the investments needed to create affordable units and funding for the state. She was appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper to the State Housing Board and serves as Chair. She enjoys scenic hikes and capturing the Colorado landscape in photographs. At home she sips refreshing beverages with her husband on the back deck.
John Parvensky, President & CEO, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
John Parvensky has served as President and CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless since 1985. Under his leadership, the Coalition, which began as a single health center, has grown to serve over 18,000 people experiencing homelessness per year through comprehensive housing and healthcare. John has been a leader in developing integrated housing for people experiencing homelessness and low-income families and individuals, developing the state-of-the-art Stout Street Health Center, and bringing the Housing First approach for those who chronically experience homelessness to Colorado.
John was instrumental in creating the Denver Housing First Collaborative (DHFC) in 2003 with funding provided by the federal Chronic Homeless Initiative which provides housing and supportive services to more than 200 chronically homeless individuals with disabilities. The program uses a Housing First strategy combined with assertive community treatment (ACT) services, providing integrated primary care, behavioral health care, substance treatment, and supportive services. DHFC has demonstrated success in maintaining housing stability for 85% of those housed under the program after two years, while improving health and mental health outcomes, decreasing substance use, and reducing costly emergency services by $40,000 per person.
During his tenure, John has received local and national recognition for his work. Most recently, John was awarded the 2018 Philip W. Brickner National Leadership Award from the National Healthcare for the Homeless. In 2016, the ACLU of Colorado presented him with the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award for 30 years of dedication to furthering civil liberties and social justice for Colorado’s homeless population. John received the 2012 Be More Award from Rocky Mountain PBS for his outstanding, innovative leadership and direction in social justice benefiting the entire community.