Membership

Commissioner of the Year Award

Purpose: To honor a current commissioner, or one who has served within the past 12 months, who has demonstrated excellence in advocating for and developing the financial, political, and community support necessary to ensure the continuation and expansion of housing or community development programs.

History: This award was established in 1987 to honor the efforts of commissioners in the industry. The first award was given to Ms. Elizabeth B. Wells whose own contributions included being a member of the Board of Commissioners of the King County (WA) Housing Authority and serving as NAHRO’s first Vice President of the Commissioners Committee. This award is provided to a commissioner who embodies the excellence of Ms. Wells contributions.

Qualifications: Each nominee must be an individual or associate member of National NAHRO,  have contributed in the areas of community leadership, advocacy, and public relations as well as to the activities of NAHRO and cannot be employed by the Housing Authority and serve as Commissioner simultaneously.

Deadline: October 8, 2020

The recipient will be honored during NAHRO’s National Conference and Exhibition.

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Judging Guidelines

Qualifications: Each nominee must be an individual or associate member of National NAHRO, have contributed in the areas of community leadership, advocacy, public relations and to the activities of NAHRO and is not employed by the Housing Authority and serve as Commissioner simultaneously.

Recipients will be selected on the basis of their contributions in areas 1 through 4. 

1.   Community Leader: the candidate’s ability to persuade the community at-large that it must provide the support and assistance necessary for housing and community development programs to continue.[ 0-30 points]

2.  Advocate: the candidate’s ability to articulate the importance and purpose of the authority’s efforts. [0-30 points]

3.  Public Relations Officer: the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively to the press about the authority’s accomplishments, programs, policies, and future plans. [0-20 points]

4.  NAHRO Service:  the candidate’s service to NAHRO through participation at the Chapter, Regional, or National level. [0-20 points]

Nominees must receive an average score from the jury of at least 70 points to be considered for receipt of the award.


2018 Recipient

Edwina P. Carrington
Commissioner
Housing Authority of fhe City of Austin
Austin, TX


Previous Winners

2017

Shola Olatoye

Chairman/CEO
New York City Housing Authority
New York, NY

2016

Gary A. Gramling
Chairman
San Diego Housing Commission
San Diego, CA

2015

Wilbert Jones
Commissioner
Housing Authority of the City of Merdiian
Meridian, MS

2014

Alan Styles
Former Commissioner
Housing Authority of the County of Monterey
Salinas, CA 

2013

Johnny Johnson 
Commissioner Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. IV
Columbus, MS

2011

Casey Wallace
Chairman
Harris County Housing Authority
Houston, TX

2010

Fred Wescott
Chairman
Winnebago County Housing Authority
Rockford, IL

2009

Sal Salas
Chairman
San Diego Housing Commission
San Diego, CA

2007

Doreen Cato
Commissioner
King County Housing Authority
Seattle, WA

2006


Richard Y. Nelson, Jr.
Chairman
Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County
Kensington, MD

2005

Carl S. Richie, Jr.
Commissioner
Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Austin, TX

2004

Rev. France A. Davis
Chairperson
Housing Authority of Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT

2003

Richard S. Lujan
Chairman
Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa
Martinez, CA

2002

Delmar Robinson
Chairman
Biloxi Housing Authority
Biloxi, MS

2001

Charles B. Redd
Chairperson
Ft. Wayne Housing Authority
Ft. Wayne, IN

2000

Sue H. McClenachan
Chairperson
Greenwich Housing Authority
Greenwich, CT

1999

Marjorie C. Murphy
Commissioner
Wayne County Housing Authority
Hawley, PA

1998

Ozie B. Gonzaque
Chairperson
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

1997

John L. Collins
Commissioner
Vancouver Housing Authority
Vancouver, WA

1996

Edna Dorothy Carty-Daniel
Commissioner/Vice Chairperson
Perth Amboy Housing Authority
Perth Amboy, NJ

For additional information, contact:

LaTonya Rajah, C-PHM, NCC

Customer Relations Specialist – Awards Customer Service/Member Relations
phone 202-289-3500 x 7206 mail Send Latonya an email