Shola Olatoye appointed NYCHA Chair, Cecil House to serve as NYCHA General Manager, Vicki Been to head HPD, Gary D. Rodney to direct HDC
The mayor named Shola Olatoye
as chair of the New York City Housing Authority
, with Cecil House serving as the authority's general manager.
Leading those efforts will be Shola Olatoye
, an experienced coalition builder with an extensive background leading community-based development across the five boroughs.
will focus on strategic goals like expanding employment opportunities for NYCHA residents, developing plans to retrofit buildings, and more fully supporting tenants-including the 40 percent of residents over the age of 62.
I want it to do the same in the future for others," said incoming NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye.
"I cannot wait to work with Shola
and this administration to make New Yorkers proud of their public housing again.
About Shola Olatoye:
comes to the de Blasio administration from an exceptional career in community development finance, housing advocacy and real estate.
Throughout her entire career, Olatoye has been an agent of change and manager of complex and large collaborations, effecting urban neighborhood revitalization.
has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, and a unique ability to leverage both to create public-private partnerships aimed toward preserving and creating affordable housing and communities.
Most recently, Olatoye was Vice President and New York Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit that has helped build or preserve more than 44,000 affordable homes for lower-income New Yorkers and invested more than $2.5 billion in and around the city.
At Enterprise, Olatoye
has overseen a cross-functional team that works with community partners, the public sector and private capital sources to build and preserve approximately 3,000 affordable homes per year in New York City.
has also overseen a number of public-private partnership initiatives at Enterprise, including a 2013 project the East Harlem Center
for Living and Learning
located in East Harlem, in which Enterprise provided more than $12 million in debt and equity to create a new 151,000-square-foot multi-family, mixed-use development with 88 new affordable apartments, a 58,000-square-foot K-8 charter school, and 6,000 square feet of office space dedicated to not-for-profit organizations.
Olatoye has also served as a Vice President and Senior Community Development Manager of HSBC Bank; Director of HR&A Advisors, Inc., an advisory and economic development consulting firm; and Director of Community Outreach at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.
is the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant and working class mom, who hails from Bedford Stuyvesant.
lives in Harlem with her
husband and two sons.