Political Update w/ Real Estate Roundtable

Online, July 13, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 10–11 am EDT | Online/Zoom

With the Biden administration near the half-year mark and the US emerging from the worst of the pandemic (including its recent top ranking from Bloomberg as one of the best places to be in the world right now), the national political landscape still has more questions than answers—especially for the future of international travel, infrastructure plans, and economic life in the wake of COVID-19.

In this special virtual session for AFIRE members, policy expert Chip Rodgers of the Real Estate Roundtable and legal experts from Mayer Brown and the Cohen Group will provide inside insights on the current state of US politics, including a special focus on cross-border investment, as well as the momentum (and challenges) behind President Biden’s $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the largest long-term investment in US infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.

This AFIRE Virtual Event is free and open to all AFIRE members and invited guests.

Clifton E. (Chip) Rodgers, Jr. has successfully represented commercial real estate’s stake in the national policy arena on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues for nearly two decades.

In addition to his work in federal government relations on national policy matters pertaining to credit, capital market, homeland security and risk management issues, Rodgers has 15 years of experience in capital market, securitization, real estate investment banking and debt restructuring activities at Mellon Bank, Fannie Mae, The First Boston Corporation, Phillips Realty Capital, a Goldman, Sachs & Co venture with the J.E. Robert Companies (now known as the Archon Group), and Legg Mason.

Rodgers was also appointed by President George H. W. Bush to direct the U.S. Treasury Department’s office of business liaison, where he focused on a broad range of issues affecting America’s business and financial services sectors. He played an integral role in developing and advancing the organization’s Five Point Plan to address the 2007 financial crisis. Since 9/11, he has worked extensively on terrorism risk management and mitigation issues, played a leading role in the enactment of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and its subsequent extensions, the establishment of the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) and the organization’s Homeland Security Task Force.

In addition to his current position with The Real Estate Roundtable, Rodgers serves as executive director of the Real Estate ISAC and as a senior fellow of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He has also served as a founding director of the Bank of Georgetown, an industry trade advisor to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S Department of Commerce, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, on the steering committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT), as a member of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy Board, as well as a number of other civic, educational and corporate boards. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, CNBC’s Squawk Box and PBS’ Nightly Business Report.

Elizabeth Espín Stern, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and a member of the firm’s Partnership Board, leads Mayer Brown’s Global Mobility & Migration practice, within the Employment & Benefits group. She is a seasoned veteran who has advised companies through every major immigration policy change since 1986. Liz is consistently ranked as a leading business immigration lawyer by Chambers GlobalChambers USAWho’s Who LegalThe International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and national and local publications. She is in Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame” for Immigration (2020-2021) as well as Best Lawyers in AmericaSuper Lawyers and a recipient of the National Law Journal’s Immigration Trailblazer award, the “Women Who Mean Business” award from the Washington Business Journal and National Law Journal‘s “Outstanding Women Lawyers 2015.” Most recently, she was named to National Law Journal’s 2020 Crisis Leadership Trailblazers list.

Liz spearheads Mayer Brown’s market-leading global worksite management initiative, the Global People Solution™, which offers multinational clients a comprehensive compliance and management program in connection with their mobile workforce. Leveraging a proprietary 10XMOBILITY® technology that provides clients with a one-stop portal for case tracking, compliance recordkeeping and global know-how, the Global People Solution™ combines best practices in compliance standards, controls and audit preparedness with agile management of visa portfolios and extraordinary solutions for senior executives.

Liz regularly speaks and writes about immigration policies and contributes to major news agencies and publications.

Liz focuses on issues that are unique to dynamic commercial entities with a global work force. She helps companies establish global compliance and management programs to move their executive and professional work corps to various locations around the world. Liz is knowledgeable in global HR disciplines and transactions, including visas, work permits and compliance and how immigration transactions interface with tax, employment, compensation and benefits, corporate formation, data privacy, export controls, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulation.

(Listen to Liz on the recent AFIRE Podcast Episode #64: Ready to Travel?)

Hope Goldman joined The Cohen Group after graduating cum laude from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Ms. Goldman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Energy and the Environment. While at Georgetown University, Ms. Goldman studied at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Previously, Ms. Goldman worked as an intern with The Cohen Group in the fall of 2016 and in the summer of 2017. She has also served as an intern at Katerra, where she focused on government regulations for high-performance buildings and construction.

Ms. Goldman is proficient in Spanish.


Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director
atewelde@afire.org+1 202 312 1404

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