Adrianne Todman: Biography

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 Memorial Award, and the DC Building Industry Association Government Partner award. She is a graduate of Smith College.