4 Public Housing Heros of the South


Donald Cameron- Charelston South Carolina Housing Authority

Mr. Donald J. Cameron is the President & CEO of the Charleston Housing Authority in Charleston, South Carolina. He has held this position since 1980 and prior to that was the Assistant Executive Director for five years.In his tenure at the helm of the Authority, Mr. Cameron has overseen the addition of 2,331 homes to the city’s inventory of affordable housing and over $140,000,000.00 of capital reinvested in the community.


Richard Herrington- Executive Director Housing Authority of the City of Hot Springs Hot Springs, AR

Mr. Herrington has served as a leader, friend, mentor and more in his more than 34 years of experience in the field. During the span of his career, he has led seven housing agencies out of troubled status.  He was also instrumental in helping the NAHRO Professional Development Committee map out a blue print for its current professional development system, including its certification program.  Outside of the PHA world, he also serves as a mentor to youth, a lay minister in his church, and is active in the United Way


Gregg Fortner- Housing Authority of New Orleans

In June 2014, Gregg Fortner was appointed Executive Director of the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) to manage the daily operations of the agency and assist in its transition back to local control after several years of federal receivership. Fortner is the first appointed Executive Director since 2002. Fortner brings over two decades of executive-level experience to HANO from several public housing authorities across the nation. He most recently served as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development Department, managing a $435 million annual budget and a profile of 9,000 federal and state-funded public housing units and 18,000 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.


Ernestine Garey- Senior Adviser to Executive Director- Atlanta Housing Authority

Ernestine has had an interesting career and recently lead the Atlanta Choice Neighborhood initiative comprising the redevelopment of the former University Homes Public Housing Project (now Scholars Landing) and the revitalization of the the surrounding neighborhoods of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center and Vine City. The initiative was driven by a $30 million grant from HUD and leverages an additional $395 million from other public, private and philanthropic sources. The goal is to rebuild the communities, create a sense of place by enhancing neighborhood amenities and provide opportunities for residents to improve economic and educational outcomes.

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