President of the Board of Directors of Up for Growth, Principal, Solis Strategic Solutions
Alazne “Ali” Solis represents a small percentage of women executives in the United States. She is a fierce leader and the former President and CEO of Make Room Inc., a national nonprofit organization giving voice to America’s struggling renters. Ali works closely with the White House, U.S. Congress, state and local policy leaders and industry stakeholders to advance solutions that address rental housing affordability.
Ali’s demonstrated leadership was evident early on in her career. Prior to her time at Make Room, Ali advanced Enterprise Community Partner’s wide range of public policy and external affairs priorities and served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shaun Donovan. Along with the National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies, Ali co-led the ACTION Campaign, a national cross-industry advocacy network of 3,800 national, regional and local organizations, which she created to protect and expand the Housing Credit and Private Activity Bonds as a means of providing affordable homes for lower-income, working families in communities all across the country.
In 2008, she led the Save America’s Neighborhoods campaign with over 100 national industry organizations stabilizing communities struggling from the foreclosure crisis and secured $7B in Congressional appropriations to create the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. In 2005, she led a post-disaster coalition of local, state, federal and community partners following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, securing $40M in appropriations and assisting with enactment of sweeping tax incentives to aid in emergency recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Before Enterprise, Ali was the legislative director for the congressionally chartered Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. In the private sector she worked for W.R. Grace, AT&T and the Washington Group.
Ali was appointed to The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing’s National Advisory Board; she is a member of the board of governors for the National Housing Conference and a member of the Advisory Board for the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy at New York University.
She has published multiple Op-Eds in The Huffington Post, The Hill, Politico, Housing Wire, AHF Magazine and multiple local papers. Ms. Solis has also been featured in Forbes and Housing Finance as well as appearing as a guest on The Steve Harvey Show and NBC/Comcast Newsmakers.
The former president of Women in Housing and Finance, Inc. -- a professional association of 800 women and men from the housing and financial services industries -- has been named to Hispanic Business’ 50 Influentials list and in 2015 was a Stevie Award Recipient, Women in Business, Executive of the Year for Nonprofit/Government. She also serves as a bilingual mentor for the Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition.
She is an INROADS alumnus and a University of Maryland graduate with a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish.