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Adrianne Todman

Adrianne Todman is the CEO of NAHRO, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. NAHRO, established in 1933, is a Washington, D.C.-based membership organization of almost 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals who house over eight million people in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country. NAHRO’s advocacy, trainings, and industry convenings are focused on inspiring and resourcing strong and sustainable communities and preserving and creating quality affordable housing.  Ms. Todman has focused on creating a member-centric culture at the association, raising the profile of the critical work undertaken by housing agencies, and advocating for funding and common-sense policy development that concentrates on helping families and communities thrive.

Before joining NAHRO, Ms. Todman served as the Executive Director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) from 2009-2017. At DCHA, Ms. Todman created a national award-winning model to house homeless veterans, increased homeownership opportunities for families served by DCHA by 50 percent, increased the number of affordable units across the city available for low-income families, and oversaw 12 concurrent large redevelopment efforts. She prioritized youth empowerment programs, workforce development, and commissioned the first citywide needs assessment of public housing residents. Ms. Todman has also served as a policy aide to then-Secretary of HUD Andrew Cuomo and managed HUD’s $500 million grant competition that focused on the redevelopment of distressed public housing sites. She has also served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives where she worked on education, labor, housing, and transportation issues.

Ms. Todman serves on Brooking’s “Housing as a Hub” work group and the Urban Institute’s “Rental Market Crisis” Working Group. She has spoken at numerous housing industry convenings and has been called upon as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee to discuss the country’s housing infrastructure, and other affordable housing issues. She served as Vice- President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, a Trustee with the National Housing Conference, and co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Smith College Board of Trustees and the Alumnae Association Board. She was named a “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire. She has received the federal Distinguished Service Award, the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore, the NAHRO Herman award of excellence, and the DC Building Industry Association’s Government Partner award, among many other recognitions. She is a graduate of Smith College.

Updated: November 10, 2020