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Posted at 3:09 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Housing Authority leader Todman gets 'interim' taken off title

By Jonathan O'Connell

Adrianne Todman was appointed by the board of the D.C. Housing Authority today to be the agency's permanent executive director.

Todman took over the agency on an interim basis more than a year ago, after longtime director Michael Kelly left to become general manager of the New York City Housing Authority. A six-year veteran of the agency -- which administers 8,000 public housing units and provides subsidized housing to more than 50,000 residents -- Todman was selected to stay on after a nationwide search for candidates drew more than 130 applicants.

In a release issued by the housing authority, board chair LaRuby May, an appointee of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, called Todman an "exceptional leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the affordable housing industry" who enjoyed the support of housing authority residents, staff and elected officials.

The release also included supportive comments from mayor-elect Vincent Gray. "Adrianne Todman is a proven leader and someone in whom we have great confidence," Gray said in the statement, released by the agency. "We look forward to working with her in expanding DCHA's affordable housing and workforce development services for District residents in need. The selection of Ms Todman signals a new direction for the DCHA, and we look forward to her leadership."

Todman served as deputy executive director and deputy chief of staff as D.C. attracted seven Hope VI grants from the federal government. The grants financed redevelopment of some of the city's most dilapidated public housing.

Todman's time as interim chief has been rockier, however, as she handled criticism levied at the agency after Kelly and the board approved a contract for construction of parks and recreation facilities that went to friends of Fenty.

By Jonathan O'Connell  | December 8, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Affordable Housing  
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