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NAHRO Outstanding Professional of the Year Award

Purpose:  The Outstanding Professional of the Year Award is NAHRO’s highest and most prestigious award given to honor an exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development. The award is made on the basis of extraordinary accomplishments and contributions. 

History: The award was established in 1975 in the name of M. Justin Herman. It was renamed and revamped in 2019 to better reflect the purpose of the award and to encourage nominees from all agency sizes to apply.  

Qualifications:   Each nominee must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the nation’s effort to provide “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.”

Selection:  Up to three winners will be announced from the following categories:

  • Category 1: Nominee is from either a housing agency with under 500 units or a CD/Public Agency that has a population under 100,000
  • Category 2: Nominee is from either a housing agency with 501-3,000 units or a CD/Public Agency that has a population between 100,001-500,000
  • Category 3: Nominee is from either a housing agency with over 3,000 units or a CD/Public Agency that has a population over 500,000
  • Category 4: Nominee does not work for either a housing or a CD/Public Agency.

DeadlineOctober 8, 2020

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

Apply Online


Judging Guidelines Definitions 

The recipient will be selected on the basis of achievement in one or more of the following areas:

Demonstrated commitment to solving housing and community problems and evidence of improvement in the quality of life (0-30 points)

Demonstrated Excellence in one of the following areas:
(Achievements  probably has had national implications and far exceeds what would normally would be expected by someone performing well in their employment position) (0-35 points)

  • Administration of housing and community development programs
  • Significant impact on major community problems
  • Political or governmental service in the field of housing/community
  • development
  • Economic innovation
  • Technological contributions
  • Legal reform
  • Academic leadership
  • Influence of public opinion on programs through the news media or other means 

Additional points for excellence in any of the other areas listed: (up to 5 points for each additional area, not including the one answered above, maximum of 35 points)

  • Administration of housing and community development programs
  • Significant impact on major community problems in their jurisdictional area
  • Political or governmental service in the field of housing/community development
  • Economic innovation
  • Technological contributions
  • Legal reform
  • Academic leadership
  • Influence of public opinion on programs through the news media or other means

Maximum Number of Points:   100
Nominees must receive an average score from the jury of at least 70 points to be considered for receipt of the award. If a tie results, a phone interview may be conducted.


2019 Recipient

Vivian Bryant, Esq.
President/CEO
Orlando Housing Authority
Orlando, FL


Previous Recipients

2018

Michael Gerber, President and CEO, Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Austin, TX

2017

Richard C. Gentry, President/CEO, San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego,CA

2016

Adrianne Todman, Executive Director-District of Columbia Housing Authority, Washington, DC

2015

Robert Pearson, Executive Director/CEO, Santa Barbara Housing Authority, Santa Barbara, CA

2014 

Curtis O. Law, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk, Norwalk, CT

2013

Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator – Mid-Atlantic Region, HUD, Philadelphia, PA

2011

Carol Gore, President and CEO, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Anchorage, AK

2010

Michael P. Kelly, General Manager, New York City Housing Authority

2009

Steve Falek, Associate Director, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, WI

2008

Apolonio “NoNo” Flores, Principal, Flores Residential LLC, San Antonio, Texas

2007

Elizabeth Morris, former President/CEO, San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego, CA

2006

Jack Quinn, PHM, Former Executive Director, City of Pueblo Housing Authority, Pueblo, CO

2005

Maria Lourdes Seman Ada, Executive Director, Northern Marianas Housing Corporation, Saipan, MP

2004

Kurt Creager, Former Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Housing Authority, Former NAHRO President, Vancouver, WA

2003

Helen L. Sause, Former Deputy Director, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Former NAHRO President, San Francisco, CA

2002

Richard Y. Nelson, Director, Montgomery County Department of Community Development, formerly Executive Director of NAHRO, and Chair, Housing Opportunities Commission, Montgomery County (MD)

2001

John T. McEvoy, Former Executive Director, National Council of State Housing Agencies, Washington, DC

1998

William S. Clements, PHM, Retired Executive Director, North Little Rock (AR) Housing Authority

1997

Robert L. Armstrong, President, AVI Consulting, Omaha, NE and Past President NAHRO

1996

I. Donald Terner, Former President and CEO, Bridge Housing Corporation, San Francisco, CA


For a list of additional recipients, click here.

For additional information, contact:

Sylvia Bowen

Director of Board Relations & Special Projects/Regional Service Officer: MARC
phone 202-289-3500 x 7201 mail Send Sylvia an email