A New Day at HUD
As the second most senior official at HUD, Mr. Sims is responsible for managing the Department's day-to-day operations, a nearly $40 billion annual operating budget, and the agency's 8,500 employees.
He previously served as Executive of King County, Washington, the
13th largest county in the nation, with a metropolitan area of 1.8
million residents, including the cities of
While serving three terms, he was nationally recognized for his work on transportation, homelessness, climate change, health care reform, urban development and affordable housing. His leadership in affordable housing and multiple community and housing partnerships funded 5,632 units of housing during his 12 years.
A proponent of Smart Growth programs and the preservation of green space, his policies resulted in 96% of all new public housing construction taking place in urban areas.
He was named Leader of the Year by
U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO)
Congressman Cleaver is serving his third term representing the Fifth District of Missouri; he sits on the Financial Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee and the Speaker’s Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Going Green: What it Means for Residents, Communities, and Housing Agencies
Stephen Norman, Executive Director, King County Housing Authority
Mr. Norman has an extensive background in the design, development
and operation of service-enriched and affordable housing. He served
previously as an Assistant Housing Commissioner for the City of
He currently serves on the boards of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and Building Changes, previously AIDS Housing of Washington, and co-chairs the King County Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Julie Livingston, AIA, LEED AP, Planning & Design Manager, Housing Authority of
A registered architect with private sector experience in affordable
housing design and land use planning, Ms. Livingston has been with HAP
for 12 years. During that time, she has managed planning and design
activities for numerous new developments, including New Columbia and
Margarita López, Commissioner,
Ms. López, a former New York City Council member, joined the NYCHA board in 2006.
As a council member, she worked closely with the New York City Housing Authority on several initiatives at developments on the
She served as the first Chair of the Council’s Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disabilities and was a member of the Council’s Finance, Contracts, Environmental and Higher Education Committees.
She served on the MacArthur Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Mental Illness and the Law, and under the auspices of the
Ms. López relocated to
Mr. Lowndes has served as the HAKC director since 2001. He began his career with the Authority in 1995 as General Counsel. Prior to that, he served as a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County, Nebraska where he worked primarily on civil matters concentrating on regulatory and governmental issues.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities; the Housing Authority Insurance Group; and the First Step Fund. He is also an advisory member of other local non-profits.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and his Juris Doctorate from
Design and Development: Green Inside and Out
Mr. Kelly joined NYCHA from the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), where he had served as Executive Director since 2000. He also serves as President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities.
Before joining DCHA, Mr. Kelly ran the New Orleans Housing Authority (HANO) where, among other achievements, he was successful in removing the agency from HUD’s Troubled Housing Agency list. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the San Francisco Housing Authority for two terms.
Mr. Kelly is an active professional in the affordable housing industry. He has served on a number of national task forces and committees, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Troubled Housing Recovery Team and the negotiating committee for the Public Housing Operating Subsidy. He also served as an advisor to the congressionally chartered Millennial Housing Commission.
Mr. Kelly received his BA in Architecture and Urban Planning from
Stephanie E. Bothwell, Board Member, Congress for the New Urbanism
Ms. Bothwell is a community planner and an urban and landscape
designer. She focuses on the role of design in creating healthy,
activity-friendly environments; her clients include the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and The Trust for the National Mall. Until recently,
she was Director of Urban Design for
She received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has been on the faculty of
She has won numerous prizes, and her writing and work appears in a variety of publications. She lectures extensively across the country on the role of landscape in the creation of community.
Rebecca Morley, Executive Director,
Before joining NCHH in 2002, Ms. Morley was a senior associate with ICF Consulting, where she advised clients, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and HUD, on the development of lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes programs. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of posts at HUD, where she was responsible for developing lead paint regulations and developing and overseeing children’s environmental health projects. She served on the President’s Task Force for Children’s Environmental Health Safety and contributed to HUD’s preliminary Healthy Homes Initiative plan and Strategic Plan to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning by 2010.
Ms. Morley led the development of the
She serves on the Board of the National Disease Clusters Alliance and on the Howard County Environmental and Sustainability Commission. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Stennett has approximately 26 years of professional experience in modernization, design and construction administration of new and renovated office buildings, apartment complexes, restaurants, shopping centers, university dormitories, school buildings and public housing developments.
In his current role, he is responsible for the Modernization and the Energy and Environmental programs. He is also Chief Executive Officer/President of the Construction Services Administration, LLC a subsidiary of the District of Columbia Housing Authority. Mr. Stennett has a staff of 48, including architects, engineers, project managers, construction inspectors, administrative, and maintenance staff.
Mr. Stennett received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from
Tony Pérez, Secretary-Executive Director, Housing Authority, City of
Mr. Pérez came to HACM from the Milwaukee Community Service Corps
(MCSC), which he founded in 1991 and where he served as executive
director. Born in Puerto Rico, he graduated with honors from
Mr. Pérez serves as an advisor, advocate and board member for a number of local and national organizations. He is a former president and executive member of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC,) and was recognized by NASCC in 1996 with its ‘Half-a-Lifetime Achievement Award.’ He serves on the Milwaukee Crime Commission, the Wisconsin National and Community Service Board, and Senator Russell Feingold’s Hispanic Advisory Committee.
Kerry Knodle, Executive Director and Founder, Comprehensive Community Solutions (CSS); President,
Mr. Knodle has extensive experience in administration, strategic
planning, case management, affordable housing and interagency
programming with youth. Since founding
He also serves as President of the
Mr. Knodle has served on the faculty of Southern Illinois University
in the Administration of Justice Department. He holds a Master of
Science in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University
and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from
Ladan Sobhani, Program Manager for Communities of Practice, Green for All
Ms. Sobhani has developed Communities of Practice to connect people engaged in green job training, as well as those working to develop city-scale energy retrofit programs.
She graduated from UC Davis with a major in International Relations
and minor in Environmental Economics. A year traveling and teaching in
Challenges and Opportunities in Moving Forward
David Abromowitz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Mr. Abromowitz is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, focusing on housing policy and related federal and state programs and issues. A partner in the law firm Goulston & Storrs, he is nationally known for his expertise in housing and economic development; over the last 25 years, he has worked on projects around the country involving housing and historic tax credit investment; HUD-assisted housing; public housing revitalization; assisted living; community land trusts; shared-equity homeownership; multifamily rental housing development; planned homeownership communities; and other multi-layered public/private projects.
Mr. Abromowitz is a past chair and founding member of both the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness and of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is a board member of the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, and a member of the Multifamily Leadership Board of the National Association of Home Builders. In 2004, he was awarded the Trailblazer award of the National Economic Development and Law Center of Oakland, California, and in 2007, he was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Boston.
Mr. Abromowitz co-chaired the Housing Policy Working Group of then
Governor-elect Deval Patrick (D-MA), and has served on other housing
advisory groups for public officials. He serves on a number of
charitable boards, including YouthBuild
A former adjunct professor at
Doris W. Koo, President and Chief Executive Officer,
A nationally respected leader with nearly 30 years of experience in
affordable housing and community development, Ms. Koo began her career
as a community organizer and has been a highly successful developer,
public agency administrator, and nonprofit executive. She joined
From 1979 to 1992, Ms. Koo led Asian Americans for Equality in
Koo joined the Seattle Housing Authority as director of development in 1994 and was named deputy executive director in 1999. There, she led four HOPE VI redevelopment efforts and oversaw municipal bond financing and internal management and operations.
Koo has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in social service
administration from the
Casius Pealer, Home Depot Affordable Housing
Mr. Pealer previously worked as an Associate at the law firm of Reno & Cavanaugh, PLLC, and as Assistant General Counsel for real estate and development at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). In both positions, he was responsible for structuring and negotiating mixed-finance transactions to create affordable mixed-income housing. He also represented DCHA on the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council and supported DCHA’s energy services corporation in implementing energy improvements across DCHA’s public housing portfolio.
He serves on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing
Committee, is 2009-2010 President of the Association for Community
Design, and serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Washington,
D.C. He has been published in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing
and Community Development Law as well as the AIA Journal of
Architecture and Architectural Record. He holds a Masters in