5 Women Leaders in Public Housing You Should Know About

We here at ^Housing Futures believe in celebrating leadership within the affordable housing industry.  Today we will look at 5 women who are leading the way within our very important industry.

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Shola Olatoye- New York Housing Authority- 

Chair Olatoye has a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, bringing with her a proven ability to manage collaborations and projects that revitalize neighborhoods, create affordable housing, and develop communities. Before her appointment at NYCHA, Chair 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 has invested more than $2.5 billion in the city.

Chair Olatoye earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and African American studies from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is a former alumni-elected trustee of Wesleyan University. She lives in Harlem with her husband and three children.

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Dawn D. Domengeaux – New Orleans Housing Authority

Dawn Domengeaux works for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO). In her role as Director, Dawn runs the Homeownership Department, and youth and senior programs.  Dawn also runs the Housing Choice Voucher Program , overseeing the management for over 18,000 participating families. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) and received a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron (OH).  We will be interested to see where her career takes her in the future.

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Anne Fiske Zuniga- Seattle Housing Authority

Anne Fiske Zuniga is the Deputy Executive Director for the Seattle Housing Authority where she oversees the Asset Management, Development, Housing Choice Voucher, Communications and Human Resources functions for the agency.  Before taking on the Deputy role at SHA, Anne was the Senior Development Program Manager overseeing the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.  Prior to SHA, Anne worked for 18 years for the City of Seattle in different roles including Budget Director, and Deputy Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Political Science/Japanese Studies, a Master’s degree from UW’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and completed the University of Washington’s Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program in 2013.

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Tina Booth Los Angeles Housing Authority-

Tina has moved her way up at HACLA and is now on the leadership team.  She holds the position of Director of Asset Management.   She holds a BA from California State University and and a MBA from The University of California Irvine.  We will be interested to see what Tina chooses to do in the future.

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Carolyn J. Gaiter Cuyahoga County Housing Authority

Carolyn is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and has worked at CMHA since 1988. AsCOO, Ms. Gaiter provides critical, executive support to the CEO and oversees all
programs related to public housing management, housing choice vouchers, and
facilities maintenance.  Ms. Gaiter has attended Tri-C and Cleveland State University, and completed the Cleveland State Leadership Academy. In 2012 she was recognized by Cleveland State University with the David C. Sweet Distinguished Administrative Service Award and in 2015 she will be recognized with the Cleveland State Leadership-Legends of Leadership Award.

Conclusion: 

There are so many women showing incredible leadership within the affordable housing industry that it was hard to choose from.  Do you know other leaders that ^Housing Futures should highlight?  If so, email us at info@housing-futures.org

 

Author: jcrites

Josh Crites is an American social housing professional with both practical and research experience. He has worked at 3 social housing companies in the USA in roles ranging from policy and operations to process improvement and strategy. Josh is a former Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow. During that fellowship, Josh researched and worked with social housing companies in Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, England, Estonia and Spain. He is an avid writer and advocate for the provision of social housing around the world.

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