Commissioner Fundamentals Seminar

NAHRO Professional Development is offering National Conference registrants a special opportunity to attend one of our Commissioner seminars.  Presented by NAHRO Principal Faculty Member Darlene Kelly, this special, discounted offering of Commissioner Fundamentals is only available as an add-on to conference registration. 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required; you’ll register for the seminar add-on when you register for the conference. Attendees must attend the entire seminar to receive credit, therefore they should not sign-up for the local housing/community development tour nor should they attend any of the other concurrent sessions held during the same time.

Wednesday, September 25: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 26: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(add-on fee to conference registration)
Member/Nonmember: $350

This training will provide you with a strong foundation for your work as a housing commissioner. The commissioner’s role is complex and can be daunting at times. We hope you will join us as we explore the roles and responsibilities of housing commissioners.  

Participants will also discover that the commissioner’s role is multi-faceted; commissioners are advocates, leaders, team builders, and strategists. You’ll also learn the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries and review the principles and strategies of board governance, as well as some of the oversight functions of the board.  

Commissioner Fundamentals is one of two NAHRO courses required to obtain your NAHRO Commissioners Certification. Becoming a NAHRO Certified Commissioner is a great way to show commitment to becoming a knowledgeable, engaged, and ethical leader in your organization. Ethics for Commissioners is the other course you’ll want to complete to apply for your certification.   


  • Identify and understand my roles as a commissioner
  • Understand and apply the principles of board governance
  • Define the commissioner’s role in agency policies
  • Describe the commissioner’s role in the oversight and monitoring of agency finances
  • Explore the boundaries and relationship between commissioners and the Executive Director
  • Establish an ethical workplace environment and set ethical standards for the agency
  • Advocate for the affordable housing needs in your community


  • New Housing Commissioners
  • Experienced Housing Commissioners
  • Commissioners seeking NAHRO Commissioner Certification