JDG Associates Lands CEO for NAHRO

April 17, 2017 – Executive search firm JDG Associates has placed Adrianne Todman as chief executive officer of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Principal Paul Belford led the assignment.

Ms. Todman is currently executive director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), the region’s largest affordable housing provider, where she manages more than $400 million in affordable housing programs. During her tenure at DCHA, Ms. Todman created a national model to house and assist homeless veterans, opened the first public affordable assisted living facility, increased the number of affordable units available for low-income families, and utilized innovation to increase the stock of affordable housing. Under her leadership, DCHA deployed $80 million in new market tax credits in emerging neighborhoods.

Prior to joining DCHA, Ms. Todman held several key positions in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. She served as a legislative director in the House of Representatives where she worked on national housing, education, and transportation legislation. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the first manager of the national HOPE VI competition, then as a policy assistant at both the Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Office of the Secretary.

Results-Driven Leader

“Ms. Todman’s rich experience in crafting and executing housing and community development policy at both the federal and local levels of government, coupled with her respected leadership and organizational expertise, makes her an exceptional choice,” said Steve Merritt, president of NAHRO. “The board and I are excited to usher in an era of new leadership at NAHRO.”

“I am humbled to have been selected to lead this venerable organization,” said Ms. Todman. “Our important work over the course of the next several years will impact the lives of millions of households who need affordable housing in vibrant, sustainable communities. I look forward to this opportunity, and am prepared to ensure that NAHRO’s mission is forward-looking and results-driven.”


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Ms. Todman has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the D.C. Building Industry Association’s Public Official of the Year, and NAHRO’s 2016 M. Justin Herman Memorial award, the association’s highest honor, and one which acknowledges exceptional contributions to the housing and community development industry.

NAHRO is a professional membership organization comprising more than 20,000 housing and community development agencies and officials who collectively administer a variety of affordable housing and community development programs at the state and local level. Its members own or administer 674,000 units of public housing (a vast majority of the nation’s inventory), 1.7 million units of tenant-based Section 8 housing, and 285,500 units of other assisted housing. In all, NAHRO’s members provide housing for more than 7.9 million low-income people and bring more than $1.5 billion Community Development Block Grant and HOME funding to their communities.

JDG Associates has been serving the executive recruitment needs of Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research & consulting firms, and defense contractors since 1973.

Over the past year, the firm has recruited CEOs for the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, the Institute of Transportation Engineersthe American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), as well as identifying executive directors for non-profits, including the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the Seismological Society of America.

Just last week, JDG completed the CEO search for Inter-American Foundation (IAF) with the placement of Paloma Adams-Allen, who currently serves she leads public-private partnership initiatives for Winrock International. Mr. DeGioia also led that assignment.

Darren DeGioia, who leads the firm, has spent 16 years conducting senior level search assignments for research and consulting organizations as well as the public sector. His particular areas of expertise include information technology, accounting and finance, the quantitative sciences, operations / general management, marketing and communications.

Housing Authorities Turning to Search Firms

All sorts of housing authorities and non-profits emphasizing low cost housing around the U.S. continue to turn to executive search firms to find senior talent.

U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has been tapped by Metropolitan to lead in its search for a new CEO. Building on the momentum of a successful turnaround, it is now looking to appoint a dynamic CEO to lead it through the next key phase of its development. Metropolitan is a provider of integrated housing services, care and support and community regeneration. With over 38,000 homes, it serves more than 90,000 customers across the U.K.

Gans, Gans & Associates has been retained by the Detroit Housing Commission to lead its search for a new executive director. Executive recruiter Diane Martin-Johnson is leading the assignment. Comprehensive knowledge of HUD regulations pertaining to public housing, Section 8, capital funds, asset management, HOPE VI Programs, as well as housing finance and development programs is a must. In 1933, the city of Detroit established the Detroit Housing Commission under the Michigan Housing Facilities Act. Throughout the organization’s 75-year history, it’s mission has been to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for the low and moderate income people.

At the beginning of the year, Raffa Nonprofit Search was selected by Victory Housing to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Peggy Sand, Raffa senior search and sustainability consultant, is leading the assignment. The organization serves as the private, non-profit housing affiliate of the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW), specializing in the development and operation of affordable housing.

TalentRISE recently placed Scott Ammarell as CEO of Chicago House. The search was conducted by Carl Kutsmode, partner, and Jennifer Chapman, director of executive search. Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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