Biographies

 

         

Stephen Merritt, PHM

President, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Executive Director, Norwood Housing Authority, Norwood, Mass. 

Stephen Merritt was sworn in as President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in Los Angeles, California on October 17, 2015, and will serve in that position for two years.

Merritt has served as Executive Director of the Norwood Housing Authority for the past 11 years. Prior to that, he was Senior Housing Manager for the Cambridge Housing Authority and a Commissioner of the Needham Housing Authority. He was NAHRO’s Senior Vice President from 2013 to 2015 and is a Past President of the New England Regional Council of NAHRO. Merritt is also active in NAHRO’s Massachusetts Chapter, having served as President of MassNAHRO from 2007 to 2009. He is currently Chairman of the MassNAHRO Workers’ Compensation Insurance Group, Inc., and a member of MassNAHRO’s Housing and Legislative Committees.

One of Mr. Merritt's top priorities will be to bring the concerns and issues of NAHRO’s members and residents to Congress and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

       

Carl S. Richie, Jr. NCC, NAHRO Fellow

Senior Vice President, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Chairman, Housing Authority of the City of Austin (Tex.)

Carl Richie was sworn in as Senior Vice President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in Los Angeles, Calif. on October 17, 2015 and will serve in that position for the next two years.

Richie is a former public housing resident, Congressional intern and an 18-year member of the Austin Housing Authority Board. He served three terms on the NAHRO Board of Governors and chaired the NAHRO Commissioners’ Committee; he was also a two-time delegate to the Tri-Country conferences and a volunteer lobbyist representing Texas NAHRO.

As NAHRO Senior Vice President, Mr. Richie will combine his personal, professional and NAHRO experiences to fight for greater funding for public housing and community development programs, and fight to reduce unnecessary regulations while promoting locally-driven initiatives.

        John Bohm

John Bohm

Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

John Bohm is NAHRO’s Acting CEO.  NAHRO represents over 17,000 individual members and over 3,000 Housing authorities nationwide. He also serves as NAHRO’s Senior Director for Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations.  He joined the NAHRO staff in February of 2004.  In his current capacity Bohm is the association’s principle spokesperson. He also advances NAHRO program and policy recommendations on behalf of the membership.   He also oversees NAHRO efforts to improve public understanding and increase public support for the provision of affordable housing in quality communities.  He leads NAHRO’s Housing America Campaign and the associations “What Home Means to Me” poster calendar contest now entering its eighth year.   He also oversees the association’s media efforts and is involved in the creation of and supports various other NAHRO coalition efforts.  He serves on the Steering Committee of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and the A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition.

Bohm came to NAHRO from the National Housing Conference (NHC) where he served for four and one half years as its Director of Public Policy.  Prior to that, he served in the Clinton Administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at HUD.  From 1990-1997 Bohm served as the Executive Director of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).  John has spent over 30 years fighting for decent safe and affordable housing both inside and out of federal government service and for a time during that period served at the state level as the Deputy Director of the Main State Housing Authority in Augusta, Maine.

Bohm is a cum laude graduate of Northeastern University located in Boston Massachusetts. Born and raised in New York he now resides in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is married to Eileen Grey and has two sons.

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