Carol Galante, former Federal Housing Administration commissioner, looks back on the life of her mentor and friend Don Terner.

Terner died 20 years ago in a plane crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 33 others.

Two decades later, there are fewer and fewer of us who knew Don personally and were directly affected by his friendship, teaching, and mentoring. There are fewer of us who were challenged by him to think grander, be bolder, and drive harder to find breakthrough solutions to seemingly intractable problems. He inspired everyone he met with his passion to always do better and strive to be the best, writes Galante.

Although the number of people who have been touched by Terner continues to slip, Galante says she sees a similar fire burning in a new group of housing leaders.

Read more from Galante, who leads the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at U.C. Berkeley.

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