Housing Official Wins NAHRO's Highest Honor

Adrianne Todman named 2016 M. Justin Herman Memorial Award from NAHROWashington, D.C., November 8, 2016 – Adrianne Todman, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) (D.C.), was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious M. Justin Herman Memorial Award, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ (NAHRO) highest honor. The award was presented during the NAHRO National Conference in New Orleans, La.

Through Todman's long-standing housing and community development career, being executive director during three different mayoral administrations in Washington, D.C., she has shown determination, triumph, and persistence. Under her leadership, she has managed to coordinate and create housing for the District’s most vulnerable citizens, some being homeless veterans. She has worked with numerous organizations to bring over 1,000 affordable housing units into D.C.’s rapidly changing city.

“Todman’s career epitomizes the highest standards of our industry. During her tenure at DCHA, she has created national models to house and assist homeless veterans, opened the first public affordable assisted-living facility, and increased the number of affordable units for low-income families,” said John F. Bohm, Acting Chief Executive Officer of.

Todman embraces the challenging decisions and projects she faces on a daily basis; knowing that her work and that of her innovative administration will lead to bettering the lives of thousands. She has distinguished herself as an extraordinary public servant and deserving of NAHRO’s highest honor.

“To receive national recognition from my housing industry peers is a truly humbling experience,” Todman said. “This particular award has been bestowed on exceptional leaders in the past and I am honored to be chosen to stand among them.”

About the Herman Award

The award is given annually to a NAHRO member who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development.  Established in 1975, the award recognizes the standard of excellence M. Justin Herman brought to the San Francisco Housing Authority and housing and community development at large.


NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 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.