NAHRO Honors Richard Gentry with John D. Lange Award


SAN ANTONIO, October 26--

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) has selected Richard "Rick" Gentry as the recipient of its 2008 John D. Lange Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in international exchange in the housing and community development field. The award will be presented Oct. 26 at NAHRO's National Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Gentry is President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Housing Commission. Prior to accepting that position in the summer of 2008, Mr. Gentry served as Senior Vice-President of Asset Management for the National Equity Fund, Vice-President for Public Housing Initiatives at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Executive Director of the Richmond (Va.) Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Executive Director of the Austin (Texas) Housing Authority. Mr. Gentry was President of NAHRO from 1995-1997 and Senior Vice President from 1993-1995. Other professional affiliations include the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Housing Policy Debate Advisory Board, and the National Housing Conference.

For more than two decades, Mr. Gentry has participated in high-level meetings in Britain with Ministerial and local housing association leaders to discuss equity investment in affordable residential housing. During his tenure at NAHRO, Mr. Gentry was the main proponent of elevating the International Committee to standing committee status, thus enhancing the organization's reputation as a leader in international housing and community development. Through participation in Tri-Country Conferences, as a member of a U.S. delegation to Istanbul, and his emphasis on linking the International Committee's work to the broader NAHRO membership, Mr. Gentry has spanned boundaries and forged new connections and alliances-both domestically and internationally-between individuals and institutions who have had little history of productive contact or mutual knowledge.

"Rick is a man of distinction and integrity," said NAHRO President Renee Rooker. "He has applied his leadership skills to improve the lives of families and works towards addressing our country's housing needs."

The John D. Lange Award recognizes persons in the housing and community development field who have made outstanding contributions toward international understanding and exchange of international experience. It was established in 1983 in the name of John D. Lange, executive director of NAHRO from 1951 to 1970, who actively participated throughout his career in international exchange and, in his retirement, carried out executive service assignments in Argentina, Indonesia and the Philippines.