Board of Directors


Christopher J. Estes

Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond since 2012

Chris Estes became the President of the National Housing Conference in July, 2012.  Formed in 1931, the nonprofit National Housing Conference (NHC) has been dedicated to helping ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America.

NHC has earned its strong reputation as the United Voice for Housing by actively engaging and convening its membership in nonpartisan advocacy for effective housing policy solutions at the local, state and national levels.  NHC’s research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, works in concert with NHC’s policy, advocacy and education efforts to highlight evidence-based learning and best practices in housing development.

Prior to the National Housing Conference, Estes served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition from 2003 to 2012.  Formed in 1988, The NC Housing Coalition is a statewide nonprofit membership organization that provides advocacy and resource information on affordable housing for low to moderate income North Carolinians. 

The Housing Coalition worked to pass important consumer protections in manufactured housing, legislation that created important foreclosure prevention programs, brought changes to the way LIHTC developments are valued in terms of property taxes and added affordable housing to NC’s Fair Housing Act to make it more difficult to defeat affordable housing developments at the local level.  On the national level the Housing Coalition advocated for funding for HUD and USADA housing program, Section 8 voucher reform, the creation and funding of the National Housing Trust Fund and changes to LIHTC program to stabilize the program.

Estes graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he double-majored in Economic and Industrial Relations.  While there he was a member of the 1986 Men’s NCAA Lacrosse Champions.

He also holds two master’s degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill: from the School of Social Work with a concentration on community practice and from the Department of City & Regional Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development. 

Prior to coming to the Housing Coalition Estes worked for a CAHEC, a regional tax-credit equity syndicator and DHIC, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Raleigh as well as several other area nonprofits as a resource development officer. 

In 2007 he co-authored The Economic Cost of Substandard Housing Conditions Among North Carolina Children with Dr. David Chenoweth.  In 2008 he was named a Local Urban Community Advisor for the Triangle Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and a Fannie Mae Fellow.  In 2009 he was appointed to the Housing Study Committee of the NC General Assembly.  In 2011 he joined the Board of Directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  In 2012 he was named to the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

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