2022 Woman of Influence: Lesli Gooch


Dr. Lesli Gooch, CEO of Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), is known for her ability to achieve policy and political goals that translate into significantly improved housing options nationwide. Gooch’s effective advocacy efforts on key priorities of the manufactured housing industry have had a far-reaching impact on millions of Americans striving for affordable homeownership. Gooch advocated the benefits, safety and innovations of manufactured housing to Congress and the White House administration, and she gained bipartisan support for it as a solution to the current affordable housing crisis.

Gooch believes manufactured housing is the best source of affordable homeownership for Americans, and she motivates a small team to raise the industry’s credibility, dispel myths and advocate for more financing options. Gooch used op-eds and coalition meetings to persuade the administration and Congress to consider racial equity in the context of zoning for manufactured housing. This work alleviated exclusionary zoning and supports homeownership.


Lesli Gooch



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Manufactured Housing Institute

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