The mission of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County is to bring elected officials, housing, and community development leaders, business professionals, activists and other community members together to address affordable housing issues and seek solutions. The Conference’s annual summit draws more than 300 participants to hear expert panelists and speakers. The Conference also organizes public/private sector Roundtables and other special events to highlight the need to create and preserve affordable housing in Montgomery County, MD.
Bios of AHCMC Chairs
Barbara Goldberg Goldman
Ms. Goldman is the founder of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County and has served as Chair and Co-Chair since the organization’s inception 21 years ago. She is a Partner with Quorum, LLC, a land-use consulting firm, and the Principal of Regal Domestics, Inc., a domestic placement agency. She recently served on County Executive Ike Leggett’s Affordable Housing Task Force of Montgomery County. Prior to this, she served on the County Executive Ike Leggett’s Transition Team’s Housing Task Force and Governor O’Malley’s Transition Team’s Housing Task Force. Prior to the 2006 election, Ms. Goldman served on the Housing and Economic Development Subcommittee of the Governor’s Commission on Housing Policy. Goldman was a Commissioner for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County from 1987 to 1998, serving as Chair from 1992 to 1997. A graduate of Leadership Montgomery, she owns and manages B&G Regal Domestics, Inc., a national employment placement agency located in Rockville, Maryland. She is also a Principal Partner of Quorum, LLC, a consulting and lobbying firm specializing in mixed-use and mixed-income developments. She also sits on the board of the following non-profit organizations: National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) and Maccabi, USA. Under the Carter Administration, Goldman was an appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining that Administration, she was with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors as the Director of the Washington, DC offices for San Jose, California and Lincoln, Nebraska. In the early 70’s, she was the Legislative Aide to former Congressman Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, and later, Special Assistant and Speech Writer for former Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordan of Houston, Texas. Goldman holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Dreyfuss is the Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County along with Ms. Goldman. He has been Co-Chair since 2000. Mr. Dreyfuss is EVP and Chief Operating Officer, of IDI Group Companies. He is currently completing the development of Leisure World of Maryland, a multifamily condominium community for residents over 55 in Silver Spring, MD. He is also responsible for the development of Leisure World of Virginia, a 2,400-unit condominium community for active adults at Landsdowne near Leesburg, VA. Under Dreyfuss’s leadership, IDI undertook the successful redevelopment of The Ambassador Apartments in Wheaton, MD from an aging Best Western Hotel into 162 attractive and efficient single-room-occupancy apartments, working in partnership with Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. Dreyfuss was the 1996 President of the Suburban Maryland Building Industry Association. He is a former member of the Montgomery County Task Force for Moderate Priced Rentals, the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Condominiums, the Cooperative Homeowners Association and the Montgomery County Committee for More Efficient Use of Existing Housing Stock. He is a former Commissioner of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. As of February 2010, the Montgomery County Council appointed Mr. Dreyfuss as a Commissioner of the Montgomery County Planning Board.
Bennett is the Vice Chair of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County. He is also a Principal with Bennett, Frank McCarthy Architects and a Partner with Quorum, LLC, a land-use consulting firm. Bennett is Professor Emeritus of Architecture from the University of Maryland. He was appointed to the Housing Opportunities Commission in 1992 and served as Chair from 1998 to 2002. He is a past President of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Bennett was guest co-curator of a National Building Museum exhibition entitled “Affordable Housing ~ Designing an American Asset”.