Incoming NYC Housing leaders: (left) NYCHA General Manager Cecil House, NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye, Mayor Bill de Blasio, HPD Commissioner Vicki Been and HDC President Gary Rodney.
Over the weekend, the mayor picked Shola Olatoye
as Chairwoman of the New York City Housing Authority
(NYCHA), America's largest public housing agency.
Ms. Olatoye has been an active leader in the supportive and affordable housing communities in many roles for many years.
Currently Vice President and NYC Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners
, a member of the Network's Board of Directors and a Housing First!
Executive Committee member, Ms. Olatoye has also served as a Vice President at HSBC and a Director at HR&A Advisors.
At NYCHA, Ms. Olatoye
will oversee a housing portfolio with over 180,000 units and more than 400,000 tenants across New York City.
The official administration announcement emphasized that she
"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."
couldn't be more thrilled with Mayor de Blasio's pick of Ms. Olatoye
as NYCHA Chair.
"At Enterprise, Shola has been at the center of some of the most innovative interventions for seniors and homeless families," said Network Executive Director Ted Houghton, quoted in this Wall Street Journal piece on NYC housing appointments.