Biographies

 

         

Sunny Shaw, CME, PHM

President, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Executive Director, Housing Alliance and Community Partners (Pocatello, Idaho)

 

Sunny Shaw was sworn in as President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in San Antonio, Tex. on October 11, 2019, and will serve in that position for the next two years.

Seventeen years ago, Shaw started at the Idaho Housing & Finance Association as a receptionist, and worked her way up to become the agency’s Branch Office Supervisor in their Twin Falls Branch. In 2010, she became the Executive Director at HACP. Since that time, Shaw has led her team to increase their voucher portfolio by 20 percent and their units owned or managed by 21 percent. The agency was also awarded a NAHRO Award of Excellence this year for its A Book For Every Child Initiative.

She has earned multiple NAHRO Certifications including the Certified Management Executive (CME) and Public Housing Manager (PHM). At the state level of NAHRO, she has served as the Vice President of Professional Development, Sr. Vice President, and as President. At the regional level, Shaw has served as a Member at Large, Vice President of Professional Development, Sr. Vice President, and as Regional President. At the national level, she has served on the following committees and task forces: Board of Governors, Steering Committee, Professional Development, Nominating and Elections, Housing America, Housing and Education, and Club 21.

        

Patricia S. Wells

Senior Vice President, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Executive Director, Oakland Housing Authority (Oakland, California)

Patricia S. Wells was sworn in as Senior Vice President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in San Antonio, Tex. on October 11, 2019, and will serve in that position for the next two years.

Patricia Wells brings over 26 years of public administration and nonprofit executive management experience to her role as Executive Director of the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA). She joined OHA in 1998, following appointments as the Associate Director for Habitat for Humanity International – West Region and Senior Policy Coordinator as a Mayoral appointee with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C. During her current tenure with OHA, Patricia has held key roles in several key initiatives including the reorganization of OHA to a property based property management operation, disposition of 1,610 apartment units and single family homes, a multitude of Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration programs and partnerships, as well as several innovative private/public partnership endeavors. Patricia brings to the OHA leadership team excellent communication skills, stellar inter-governmental and community building expertise, a strong acumen for organization operations and administrative leadership, significant experience as an agent of effective organization change as well as a passion for supporting community led solutions.

In addition to her national leadership role as a member of the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), she is an Soroptimist International of the East Bay Fellow and an active member of the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, SF Opera and volunteer of Glide Memorial Homeless Services. Patricia holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a B.A in English/Journalism, and several professional certifications.

        Adrianne Todman

Adrianne Todman

Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

Adrianne Todman is the CEO of NAHRO, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. NAHRO, established in 1933, is a Washington, D.C.-based membership organization of almost 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals who house nearly eight million people throughout the country. In the first two years of her tenure, she has focused on cultivating a strong association with a member-focused culture. Working with the NAHRO team, she has expanded professional development offerings for members, increased NAHRO’s advocacy campaign participation by 139 percent, more than doubled NAHRO’s media mentions, and improved NAHRO’s financial standing and business operations. Ms. Todman has appeared in numerous industry convenings, and has been called upon as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee to discuss the country’s housing infrastructure, and other affordable housing issues.

Before joining NAHRO, Ms. Todman served as the Executive Director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) from 2009-2017. At DCHA, Ms. Todman created a national award-winning model to house homeless veterans, increased homeownership opportunities by 50 percent, increased the number of affordable units available for low-income families, and oversaw 12 concurrent large redevelopment efforts. She prioritized youth empowerment programs, workforce development, and commissioned the first citywide needs assessment of public housing residents. Prior to her tenure at DCHA, Ms. Todman served as a policy aide in the Office of the Secretary at HUD and also managed HUD’s $500 million grant competition that focused on the redevelopment of aged public housing communities. She has also served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives where she worked on education, labor, and transportation issues.

Ms. Todman serves on Brooking’s “Housing as a Hub” work group. She served as Vice-President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, a Trustee with the National Housing Conference, and co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Smith College Board of Trustees and the Alumnae Association Board. She was named a "Woman of Influence" by HousingWire. She has received the federal Distinguished Service Award, the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore, the NAHRO Herman award of excellence, and the DC Building Industry Association’s Government Partner award, among many other recognitions. She is a graduate of Smith College.

Updated: May 29, 2019

 

For more information, contact Sylvia Gimenez, 202-289-3500 ext. 7224 or e-mail sgimenez@nahro.org.

Last updated: October 16, 2019.