Opelika Housing Authority Executive Director Elected President of NAHRO


WASHINGTON, November 1--

Akinola Popoola, Executive Director of the Opelika (Ala.) Housing Authority, has assumed a leadership position with the nation’s oldest housing and community development association. Popoola was sworn in as President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in Washington, D.C. on October 6, and will serve in that position for the next two years.

Popoola has served as Executive Director of the Opelika Housing Authority since 1998. During his tenure at Opelika, he has expanded the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Family Self Sufficiency Programs.  Popoola has leveraged the agency funds and enhanced the authority’s assets through various partnerships, bond financing, low income tax credits, and utilities savings program.  He has partnered with the city government to improve physical condition and safety environment of public housing developments, and to integrate public housing and their residents into the larger community. 

Popoola has been a NAHRO member for more than fifteen years. He recently completed a two-year term as NAHRO’s Senior Vice President. He has also served as Vice President—International and Chairman for the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) NAHRO’s Historical/Archival Committee.

“Nola is a dedicated colleague and friend,” said NAHRO CEO Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. “I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance affordable housing and quality communities in our nation.”

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, established in 1933, is a membership organization of 23,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO’s membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.