May 24 Assembly Meeting – Adrianne Todman, Director, District of Columbia Housing Authority
All Souls Episcopal Church
2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW
Tuesday, April 26 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adrianne Todman, executive director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority manages more than $360 million affordable housing programs in the nation’s Capital serving the needs of 50,000 low to moderate income families. She heads an agency, which is the District of Columbia’s largest landlord and one of the region’s largest residential developers. During her decade with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), the agency generated nearly $2 billion in economic development through successful competitive federal grants and multiple community development initiatives.
Recently, Adrianne joined major national leaders including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro in speaking at the Atlantic Magazine forum in Washington on Housing for Tomorrow http://
Adrianne understands the juxtaposition of private financing and public funding in translating the mechanics of federal housing policy into local economic development. In November, 2015, she addressed the DC Building Industry Association and gave developers a cogent overview of how a public/private partnership resulted in $100 million in redevelopment of a public housing complex into mixed use asset for the entire neighborhood. In addition, the Washington Business Journal named her partnership in redeveloping the public housing complex, Sheridan Station, as the Deal of the Year.
During her tenure at DCHA, Adrianne has created a national model to house and assist homeless veterans, opened the first public affordable assisted living facility, and increased the number of affordable units available for low income families. DCHA has also generated $2 billion in economic development activity throughout the city with its community development projects.
Prior to joining DCHA, Adrianne held several key positions in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. She served as the Legislative Director in the office of then-Congressman Ron de Lugo 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 a Special Assistant to Secretary Andrew Cuomo.
She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and for inspiring others to excellence in public service. The Vice-President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, a national organization, Adrianne is the only housing authority director serving on the National Housing Conference Board of Trustees. She also co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative. In addition, she is a trustee for Cultural DC, DC Promise Neighborhood, the Black Women’s Roundtable, and the DC Workforce Investment Committee. Adrianne served on the Affordable Housing Steering Committee of the United Way of the National Capital Area and as a mentor with the Capital Area Girl Scouts of America.
A member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007, Adrianne is a faculty member of the Skinner Institute’s Master’s Series for Distinguished Leaders. A recipient of the federal Distinguished Service Award and a recipient of the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore, Adrianne was named Public Housing Director of the Year by the National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing. Adrianne is a graduate of Smith College and serves on the College President’s Council.
A native of the US Virgin Islands, Adrianne lives in Washington with her daughter, a freshman at Princeton University.
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