CLPHA Board Members Tony Pérez and Rick Gentry Resign from their Posts in Milwaukee and San Diego

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February 24th, 2022

Two long-serving members of CLPHA’s Board of Directors announced resignations from their positions at housing authorities recently. Antonio (Tony) M. Pérez resigned from his role as Secretary-Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), while Rick Gentry also announced this week that he will resign as CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) effective March 31.

Pérez had served as executive director of HACM since 2000. During his tenure, the agency secured more than $500 million dollars in funding to develop affordable housing, including a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhood grant. His commitment to sustainable development gained an international reputation in using green design practices to conserve resources and build healthy, environmentally friendly communities. Willie L. Hines, Jr. will continue serving as the housing authority’s acting secretary-executive director while HACM’s Board of Commissioners continues the process of confirming Pérez’s successor.

Rick Gentry has led SDHC since 2008. His many accomplishments include reestablishing SDHC as a Moving to Work (MTW) agency, the Path to Success initiative and the SDHC Achievement Academy, which provide opportunities for rental assistance households to become more financially self-reliant; the investment of MTW funds to create and preserve affordable rental housing; and MTW initiatives to create housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness. Gentry also led SDHC’s groundbreaking homelessness action plan, HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, which has created approximately 10,000 housing solutions in seven years for San Diegans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

The San Diego City Council in its role as the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego will determine the future leadership of SDHC. Pending the Council’s decisions, SDHC Deputy Chief Executive Officer Jeff Davis would oversee the agency.

CLPHA thanks Mr. Pérez and Mr. Gentry for their many years of service on the board and wishes them well in their future endeavors.  

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