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Christopher Widelo

Director of External Affairs
tel: 646-473-1206
fax: 646-349-5286

The New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) today announced that long-time government relations professional Christopher Widelo is joining the organization as Director of External Affairs. He will amplify NYSAFAH's advocacy by maintaining and deepening the organization's relationships with lawmakers and key stakeholders. His work will help NYSAFAH advance important policies to create and preserve affordable housing at the city, state, and federal level during this critical time and housing crisis.

"We are proud to welcome Chris to NYSAFAH at a time when conveying the urgent need for affordable housing has become more important than ever," said Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of NYSAFAH. "Chris will help us to advocate for smart policies and funding commitments required to build and preserve housing for low- and middle-income New Yorkers across the state."

Previously Chris served as Associate State Director for Government Relations and Advocacy at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), where he strengthened the organization's mission in serving communities and advancing priorities on a state and national level.

Chris has served in a government and external affairs role for over 15 years, has extensive experience in federal lobbying, and a deep understanding of the state's regulatory and budget processes. He received his Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Assumption College, also in Massachusetts.

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