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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Leila Finucane Edmonds will leave D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development

By Jonathan O'Connell

Leila Finucane Edmonds will resign her post as director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development to join NeighborWorks America, a national network of 240 nonprofit community development organizations.

Edmonds said her last day with the city will be Jan. 2, the day Vincent C. Gray becomes mayor. She became DHCD director in May 2007, shortly after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty began his term.

At NeighborWorks, which is based in the District, Edmonds will direct the National Initiative and Applied Research division, which sets standards and provides training to community development programs nationwide. "From the things I've been doing here, it's just a great opportunity to do it on a national level, so I'm excited about that," she said in a phone interview Thursday.

She declined to say whether she would have continued to work at the agency had Fenty won the election. Gray has not announced any Cabinet appointments yet. "I think we accomplished a tremendous amount with the Fenty administration. There's lot to be proud of, so I think it's a good time to go," she said.

Edmonds joined the city government from HSBC Bank in New York City, where she was a vice president in the community development unit. The national recession began shortly after she arrived in D.C., and she spent much of her tenure focused on preventing foreclosures and the deterioration of the city's neighborhoods.

Despite a declining amount of city money available for affordable housing projects, DHCD used federal stimulus money to rehabilitate vacant properties, build new housing and green existing units. She oversaw the completion of projects like the Overlook at Oxon Run apartments, a $73 million renovated building on Ninth Street SE that replaced the troubled Parkside Terrace apartments in 2009. The agency's headquarters also moved to Anacostia during her tenure.

Edmonds joins Robin-Eve Jasper of the Department of Real Estate Services, Julie Hudman of the Department of Health Care Finance and David Gragan of the Office of Contracting and Procurement as Fenty appointees who have announced their departures this week.

-- Jonathan O'Connell

By Jonathan O'Connell  | December 3, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty, Vincent C. Gray  | Tags:  DC DHCD, DC Department of Housing and Community Development, Leila Edmonds, Leila Edmonds NeighborWorks, Leila Finucane Edmonds, NeighborWorks America  
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Ms Edmunds has done a great job and I truly hope that she will remain in Washington

Posted by: pdv1 | December 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

When you have free federal stimulus money to work with, that is half the battle won. I wish her well, however, her replacement faces the most daunting of tasks. Running the agency following the city's irresponsible deficit spending of local funds.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I look forward in seeing DDOT Director Gabe Klein and mean spirited Attorney General Peter Nickles leaving the DC Government.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | December 4, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Good bye, Leila. Good riddance. Please take Peter Nickles with you.

Posted by: ObjectiveReader1 | December 6, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I lost respect for Edmonds when she gave the Peaceoholics a 4.4 million dollar loan to open a DYRS facility (ie juvenile jail with no security)in my neighborhood where there are already 5 social service programs. AND she swapped this property out for another that was initially approved by the DC Council. All without notifying residents or ANC. Shady Lady.

If I or any other residents in our neighborhood have anything to do with it. They will not be opening this facilty, and Ms. Edmonds will have squandered 4.4 million dollars in tax money because she didn't do her homework.

Additionally, she is unresponsive to inquiries, and just plain shady.

Posted by: bktownes@aol.com | December 7, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I lost respect for Edmonds when she gave the Peaceoholics a 4.4 million dollar loan to open a DYRS facility (ie juvenile jail with no security)in my neighborhood where there are already 5 social service programs. AND she swapped this property out for another that was initially approved by the DC Council. All without notifying residents or ANC. Shady Lady.

If I or any other residents in our neighborhood have anything to do with it. They will not be opening this facilty, and Ms. Edmonds will have squandered 4.4 million dollars in tax money because she didn't do her homework.

I wonder how many millions she has wasted.

Posted by: bktownes@aol.com | December 7, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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