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BPC Launches Its First Policy Center, Named for Housing Philanthropist and Industry Leader J. Ronald Terwilliger

Washington, DC – The Bipartisan Policy Center announced today the launch of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy, the organization’s first policy center. Ron Terwilliger, one of the nation’s most respected real estate industry leaders and a dedicated housing philanthropist, has committed $10 million to create the center to advance policies that will help achieve the aspirational goal of a decent, affordable home for every American family.

Over the years, BPC has worked extensively to build bipartisan support to grow the supply of affordable homes and expand housing assistance to those who need it most through initiatives like BPC’s Housing Commission in 2013, Senior Health and Housing Task Force in 2016, and the ongoing Housing Council. Under the leadership of Dennis C. Shea, who will serve as the center’s executive director, the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy will identify the most effective public policies, and build the broadest base of political support possible, to ensure that every family has a decent, affordable home.

“The affordable housing crisis is truly national in scope, impacting communities of all sizes across the United States,” said Center Founder and BPC Board Member Ron Terwilliger. “I am thrilled to build on my longstanding relationship with the Bipartisan Policy Center to announce this new center, focused on making housing affordability a priority on both sides of the aisle in Washington. If anybody can get it done, we can.”

“We are deeply grateful for the unprecedented commitment Ron is making to the Bipartisan Policy Center,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of America’s families.”

“The pandemic has reminded us all of how indispensable the home is to our safety and security,” said BPC Board Member and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. “The center will help sustain the action needed, at all levels of government, to address the severe shortage of affordable homes for both rent and sale, while ensuring that those most in need can obtain housing assistance.”

“Americans of all political backgrounds intuitively understand that ensuring access to decent, suitable, and affordable housing is a goal worth striving for,” said BPC Board Member and former HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude. “Ron’s generous commitment, dedication, and passion, coupled with BPC’s proven ability to build political bridges, will move our country closer to realizing this essential goal.”

Ron Terwilliger began his life growing up under modest circumstances in South Arlington, Virginia and attended public schools in the area. He went on to earn an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was an academic and athletic stand out. After completing his tour of duty with the Navy and graduating from Harvard Business School, Ron worked his way up in the real estate business, eventually serving as Chairman and CEO of Trammell Crow Residential. Under his leadership, Trammell Crow was the largest developer of multifamily housing in the nation. Ron has since dedicated his philanthropy to ensuring that all Americans have a decent place to call home, making historic contributions to organizations like Habitat for Humanity International.

Ron Terwilliger and Dennis Shea are available for comment.

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