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.

        Adrianne Todman

Adrianne Todman

Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

Before joining NAHRO, Adrianne Todman served as the Executive Director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) from 2009-2017. At DCHA, the largest affordable housing provider in the region, Ms. Todman created a national award-winning model to house homeless veterans, opened the first public housing assisted living facility, increased homeownership opportunities by 50 percent, increased the number of affordable units available for low-income families, and managed 12 concurrent redevelopment efforts. She also strengthened, and prioritized, workforce development and youth programming.

Prior to her tenure at DCHA, Ms. Todman 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. After leaving the House of Representatives, she worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) both in the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and then as a Special Assistant on Policy and Programs in the Office of the Secretary.

Ms. Todman is the past Vice-President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and a former Trustee with the National Housing Conference. She serves on the DC Promise Neighborhood Board, is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007, and is a faculty member of the Skinner Institute’s Master’s Series for Distinguished Leaders. Ms. Todman co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative, and also served on the Smith College President Council. Ms. Todman was recognized as a HousingWire Woman of Influence and is a recipient of the federal Distinguished Service Award, the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore, the NAHRO M. Justin Herman award, and the DC Building Industry Association Government Partner award. She is a graduate of Smith College.

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