As senior vice president and public policy and corporate affairs executive for Enterprise Community Partners, Alazne (Ali) Solis oversees the areas of public policy, communications, marketing and resource development. In this position, she develops and advocates policies to advance the development of affordable housing and sustainable communities with the administration, Congress, state and local policy stakeholders and other national industry partners. In addition, she heads fundraising efforts and oversees the organization’s internal and external communications and marketing functions.
Solis joined Enterprise in February 2000 as the director of congressional outreach. In 2001, she was promoted to deputy director of public policy, then director in 2003 and to senior vice president in 2009
During her time with Enterprise, Solis has advanced Enterprise’s wide range of public policy priorities. In the summer of 2008, she led the Save America’s Neighborhoods Campaign, a cross-industry taskforce of more than 100 national organizations that secured $4 billion in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act to stabilize communities struggling in the foreclosure crisis. Solis also played a key role in creating the National Community Stabilization Trust to facilitate the transfer of foreclosed and vacant residential properties from financial institutions and government entities to qualified local housing development partners
In addition, Solis has testified before the U.S. Congress as well as state and local policy-makers on the issues of housing, banking and tax legislation. She also has developed and maintained strategic alliances with national and local trade associations, regulatory agencies and banking and finance industry partners
Prior to joining Enterprise, Solis was the legislative director for the congressionally chartered Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. She also worked in the private sector for W.R. Grace, AT&T and the Washington Group. She is an INROADS alumnus and a University of Maryland graduate with a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish.
In addition to her work at Enterprise, Solis is on the board of the Montgomery Housing Partnership, a private nonprofit that develops, acquires, rehabilitates and builds high-quality apartments and homes. 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, she also serves as a bilingual mentor for the Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition.