HousingX 2022 Keynote: Anna Mackay

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.

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Co-Hosts and In-kind Sponsors

Virginia Center for Housing Research
AIA Virginia
APA Virginia

Presenting Sponsor

Virginia Housing

Title Sponsor

Dominion Energy

Champion Sponsors

Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation



Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health

Foundation Builders

Better Housing Coalition
Breeden Construction
Community Housing Partners
Home Builders Association of Virginia
LISC Virginia
LISC Hampton Roads
Newport News Economic Development Authority
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Governor's Housing Conference
Virginia Statewide Community Land Trust


Atlantic Union Bank
D3G: Dominion Due Diligence Group
Richmond Association of Realtors
Virginia Community Capital
Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association

Community Partners

Arlington Partnership for Afforable Housing
Gray Ryan Companies
Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Saunders + Crouse Architects
Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials

Virginia Housing Community Partners

Arlington Partnership for Afforable Housing
The Franklin Johnston Group
Harkins Builders
Habitat for Humanity Virginia
Klein Hornig LLP, Counselors at Law
The Lawson Companies
Mark-Dana Corporation
UrbanCore Construction


Wesley Housing

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Keynote Sponsor

Virginia Realtors

Experience Lab Sponsor

Ecovative Applied Building Science

Student Scholarship Sponsor

City of Richmond
Housing and Community Development

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