American notions of freedom, property, and the role of government have shaped where we live, who succeeds, and what we need to do to achieve a new “American Dream.” Part of that dream for many families is to have their own home.
Christopher Ptomey is the executive director of the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, which works to promote residential development and housing affordability. The Center is a key part of ULI’s efforts to leverage its local networks nationwide and 42,000 members to promote responsible land use, build sustainable communities, and create effective partnerships with organizations and private and public sector leaders. Terwilliger’s programs include extensive research, local and national meetings and consultations, as well as the Jack Kemp and Robert Larson awards programs that highlight innovative and best practices to improve housing affordability.
Ptomey himself has longstanding expertise in housing and community development policies at the local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining the staff of ULI, Ptomey led the U.S. Government Relations and Advocacy team at Habitat for Humanity International, where he focused on improving federal, state, and housing policies and systems. and premises. Previously, he was a federal liaison for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and he served for five years as senior legislative aide to former U.S. Representative Michael “Mac” Collins of Georgia.
In addition to his work at ULI, Ptomey is currently a member of the board of the National Housing Conference. He is a former board member of the Grounded Solutions Network.
He holds a BA from Haverford College, a JD from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and a LL.B. in his native Tennessee.