Emerging Issues Forum

The Power of People

Emerging Issues Forum: Get Home, Stay Home

Join us as Bryan Greene and Ulysses “Deke” Clayborn talk expanding home-buying opportunities, preserving homeownership, and the state of Fair Housing. 

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, April 12 | 2:30 - 3:15 PM


This session is complimentary/open to all conference attendees! 


Registration is not required for this event.


Portrait of Bryan Greene

Bryan Greene

Vice President, Policy Advocacy

Bryan Greene is Vice President of Policy Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS® where he oversees all legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the association's 1.4 million members. Bryan joined NAR in November 2019, and spent his first year at NAR raising the association's profile in Washington and nationwide on all fair-housing-related policy matters as NAR's first Director of Fair Housing Policy.

Before joining NAR, Bryan served for ten years as the highest-ranking career official in HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), where he oversaw the policy direction and operational management of the 600-person office enforcing the nation's housing anti-discrimination laws. Under Bryan's leadership as FHEO General Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD pursued large-scale, high-profile cases that addressed systemic discrimination and provided widespread relief. Bryan also managed HUD's Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) and HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), which together provide over $70 million to state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations fighting discrimination in local communities.

Bryan has held other senior positions at HUD during his three decades at the agency, including a stint as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs in HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), where he worked to reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing.

Bryan was the 2007 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, the highest federal honor bestowed upon federal senior executives for outstanding service.

Bryan earned his degree in Government from Harvard University.

Portrait of Ulysses “Deke” Clayborn

Ulysses “Deke” Clayborn

Great Plains Regional Administrator, Region VII Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska

Ulysses Clayborn was appointed as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Great Plains region on February 28, 2022. As Regional Administrator, he is responsible for the oversight of the Secretary’s initiatives and strategies, which support the overarching department priorities to increase equity and to improve customer experience. He brings a collaborative approach and focus to supporting underserved communities, ensuring access to, and increasing the production of affordable housing, promoting homeownership, and advancing sustainable communities. These initiatives aim to advance strategic objectives for furthering housing justice, reducing homelessness, improving rental assistance, expanding homeownership opportunities, investing in climate resilience, and integrating healthcare and housing. He oversees HUD’s programs and service-delivery throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and fosters relationships between HUD, community partners, and elected officials.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Clayborn served as general counsel to the Missouri Housing Development Commission (“MHDC”), the state’s housing finance agency.

A believer in bar service, Mr. Clayborn has served in many previous capacities, including: Chair of the Real Estate and Probate Law Section of the National Bar Association (NBA), Member, NBA Board of Governors; Member of the Standing Committee for Lawyers Title Guaranty Funds for the American Bar Association (ABA); and the ABA’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section. In addition, he has served as President of the Jackson County Bar Association, Chair of the Special Committee for Minorities, and Women for the Missouri Bar.

Mr. Clayborn was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and he attended Depauw University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis.