Adrianne Todman has served as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) since 2009. DCHA provides housing to over 50,000 residents, and is the largest affordable housing provider in the District of Columbia. During Ms. Todman’s tenure, DCHA has created a national model to house and assist homeless veterans, opened the first public affordable assisted living facility, and increased the number of affordable units available for low income families. DCHA has also generated $2 billion in economic development activity throughout the city with its community development projects.
Prior to her tenure at DCHA, Ms. Todman held several key positions in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. She served as the Legislative Director in the office of then-Congressman Ron de Lugo where she worked on national housing, education, and transportation legislation.
After leaving the House of Representatives, she worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) both in the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and then as a Special Assistant on Policy and Programs to then-Secretary of HUD Andrew Cuomo. During her tenure at HUD, Ms. Todman had the honor of managing the competition of the national HOPE VI grant program that distributed $500 million annually to revitalize distressed public housing communities.
Ms. Todman is the Vice-President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities. She also serves on the DC Promise Neighborhood Board, the Black Women’s Roundtable and the DC Workforce Investment Committee. She is the only housing authority director serving on the National Housing Conference Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007 and is a faculty member of the Skinner Institute’s Master’s Series for Distinguished Leaders. Ms. Todman co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative, and also serves on the Smith College President Council. Ms. Todman is a recipient of the federal Distinguished Service Award and a recipient of the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore. She is a graduate of Smith College.