After serving the District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners for 19 years, Commissioner Ken Grossinger is stepping down.

“Ken Grossinger has provided leadership in workforce development, customer service, public safety, and has demonstrated dedication to the quality of life for DCHA residents through impartial consideration of policies brought before the Board as the longest serving member of the Board,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “His breadth of expertise and historical knowledge made him an asset to this agency. We wish him well in his future endeavors, but we are losing a true friend and resource.”

Shortly after the board was created in 2000, one seat was designated for a labor representative. Grossinger, who was appointed by Joslyn Williams, then president of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, to serve as that representative, took the seat on July 12, 2000.

The announcement of Grossinger’s departure was made officially to the public on June 12 at the monthly board meeting.  

“This proclamation shows how grateful we are to you for your service,” said Chairman Neil Albert as he presented Grossinger with the framed document. “We will miss you a lot.”

Grossinger is widely regarded as an expert in pioneering national field strategies for labor and non-profit organizations. His career includes being a leader in the local and international social and economic justice movement for more than 30 years, as well as serving as Legislative Field Director of the AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for America's unions, representing 10 million working men and women; and several different positions within the Service Employees International Union.

He also is a co-founder and Executive Director of the CrossCurrents Foundation, a non-profit grant-making foundation supporting social and economic justice and serves on several boards to lend his expertise.

“You have been a part of my family for 20 years,” said Grossinger as he addressed the crowd at the board meeting. He said he was honored to have served with his colleagues and proud of his work to support DCHA, especially while the federal government had been disinvesting from public housing during his entire tenure.

Grossinger not only served a vice chair of the board, but also as chairman for the board’s Committee on Operations, and as a member of the Committee on Audit and Finance and Committee on Education.

“The DCHA Board of Commissioners, through adoption of this proclamation is honored to recognize and sincerely thank Commissioner Ken Grossinger for his dedication, support, and commitment to the work of the District of Columbia Housing Authority and its residents,” the proclamation read.


DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett, Commissioner Ken Grossinger, and Board Chair Neil Albert
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