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The District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman will depart DCHA on June 1, 2017 to become CEO of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

“My tenure as Executive Director, during the past seven years, provided me with an exhilarating opportunity to help families in the District of Columbia receive affordable housing and achieve their aspirations,” Todman said. “I will transition to a new position where I can advocate for families throughout the nation.”

NAHRO is the leading housing and community development advocacy organization that promotes affordable housing policy for all Americans, particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes. The nearly 20,000-member organization is comprised of community development agencies, housing authorities, and individuals, among others. NAHRO’s members provide homes to nearly 8 million low-income households.

“The D.C. Housing Authority and its communities gained invaluable tools and resources under Director Todman’s leadership. In addition to streamlining our business practices, increasing our affordable housing portfolio, and strengthening our youth and workforce programs, the agency also increased efficiency and technological advancements to better serve our customers,” said Terri Thompson, DCHA Board chairman.

The board is preparing a transition plan.

Todman has led DCHA since 2009 and served as both interim and executive director of the agency that provides housing to more than 50,000 residents and is the largest affordable housing provider in the District of Columbia. 

Among other achievements during Todman’s tenure, DCHA:

  • Housed almost 6,000 additional families
  • Advanced 12 major redevelopment sites
  • Improved DCHA maintenance response times and systems
  • Deployed $83 million in New Market Tax Credits and received $45 million to invest in emerging neighborhoods
  • Opened the agency’s first low-income assisted living facility
  • Created an award-winning national model on housing homeless veterans
  • Doubled the number of DCHA families achieving homeownership
  • Conducted DCHA’s first family and youth needs assessment across all communities
  • Tripled DCHA’s investment in helping families succeed through workforce development, summer youth programming, and internal resident services capacity

“Adrianne has had an amazing legacy of strengthening the District of Columbia’s Housing Authority. Her vision, hard work, and effective outcomes range far beyond the traditional roles of a Housing Authority Executive Director,” said Stephen Glaude President & CEO of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED). “She will be sorely missed, but NAHRO is getting a seasoned, visionary, tested leader in Ms. Todman.”

Esther Hardesty, resident council president at Langston Terrace, said the community really valued Todman, especially her unannounced visits to the neighborhood to see how everyone was doing.

“I feel Ms. Todman is a great achiever,” Hardesty said. “Even though she made it seem easy sometimes, she would have never succeeded without hard work.”

Prior to her tenure at DCHA, Todman held several key positions in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. She served as the Legislative Director in the U.S. Congress, and also served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) both in the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and as a policy assistant to the HUD Secretary. 

DCHA is an independent government agency whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing to extremely low-through moderate-income households, foster sustainable communities, and cultivate opportunities for residents to improve their lives.

More than 8,300 low-income families live in one of DCHA’s 64 housing communities. Some 13,000 low-income families receive a housing rental voucher that enables them to rent a home in D.C.’s private housing market. DCHA customers include more than 15,000 children and nearly 6,200 elderly residents. 

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Last modified: 4/11/2017 2:35:00 PM