HousingX 2022 Keynote Speakers

Theo Henderson

Activist and Podcaster

Theo Henderson is currently the Activist-In-Residence at UCLA Luskin Institute on and Democracy. He has created a podcast titled We the Unhoused while living houseless in a park in Los Angeles, California. His vision is to provide a platform centered on the displaced, uplifting Unhoused voices against reductive housed and mainstream media coverage.

In addition to this major undertaking, Theo has organized Unhoused voter registration, comics, poems and an Unhoused memorial service. He has also partnered with local mutual aid groups such as Street Watch, Polo Pantry, Los Angeles Community Action Network and many others. Theo has penned op-eds in the Los Angeles Times and Knock LA. He has been featured in Curbed, CNN, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Heat, Spectrum News, Teen Vogue, and Enspire Magazine.


Anna Mackay

Founder, Sister City

Anna has spent her career innovating and field-testing concepts of social impact in real estate. She led the first Regulation A crowd-investing effort for new construction in the United States ($1.5M, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell) and raised a tranche of crowd-invested equity from everyday Oregonians for a homelessness project in just 68 hours ($300,000, Jolene’s First Cousin). She has pioneered new models of development that emphasize non-displacement and affordable retail (Rocket Empire Machine). Her buildings achieve affordability and community buy-in through the utilization of crowdinvesting, internally-subsidized financial models, and bold public art.

Anna founded Sister City in 2020. Every Sister City project reevaluates standard development practice to emphasize a just balance of equity—social, environmental, and financial. Her current projects include the Annex, Portland’s first affordable housing project to utilize cross-laminated timber and the development of replicable workforce housing units called Shortstack alongside Jessy Ledesma of HomeWork Development. Shortstack is a replicable, mass timber, “missing middle” housing solution that will initially pilot 70 units on four sites in Portland, Oregon. It will welcome its first tenants in 2023.


Curtis J. Moody, FAIA

Founder, Moody Nolan

Award-winning architectural designer Curtis J. Moody, FAIA has had a prosperous 48-year career. Moody Nolan is the largest African American architectural firm in the country and the firm’s designs have received more than 330 awards, more than any other minority architectural firm in the United States.

While founding his firm in 1982, Curtis J. Moody, FAIA decided to build it on a foundation of diversity of thought. Curtis has continuously challenged what once was the status quo and has created a corporate environment that is both inclusive and equitable. This allows the profession to have a full range of creative impact from all employees—no matter their ethnicity or gender. Moody Nolan has grown to over 230 employees and 11 offices across the nation. The firm’s designs have won more than 330 design citations, including 49 from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and 45 from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Curtis gained personal recognition with the prestigious Whitney M. Young Jr. award as an outstanding African American Architect in the United States in 1992. In 2002, Moody received the Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University. And in 2007, he received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award just one year after Moody Nolan received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm of the Year Award, making Moody Nolan the only firm to win this desirable award consecutively.

Moody Nolan continues to garner national attention by promoting “diversity by design” and was selected as the 2021 AIA National Architecture Firm Award recipient, the highest firm honor achieved through the American Institute of Architects. Moody Nolan is not only the first Ohio-based firm to win this award, but the first African American owned firm to receive the recognition.

Curtis received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1973, and in 2002, the University presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, being one of only three recipients that year. Following his undergraduate work at OSU, he went on to study Urban School Planning & Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2000.