Many NHC member organizations have recently announced leadership transitions.
On Feb. 5, Chrystal Kornegay joined NHC Silver member MassHousing as the agency’s executive director. Kornegay previously served in the Baker-Polito administration as undersecretary of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, a position she has held since January 2015.
“Chrystal Kornegay is a tremendous leader in the affordable housing arena, and the depth and breadth of her knowledge and experience in nonprofit and governmental settings make her one of the most qualified candidates for executive director in the agency’s history,” said Michael J. Dirrane, chairman of the Board of Directors of MassHousing, in a news release.
Kornegay succeeds Tom Lyons, MassHousing’s managing director of government affairs and communications, who served as acting executive director, and Tim Sullivan, who previously stepped down as executive director to pursue a private-sector employment opportunity.
Chrystal spoke on placemaking and mobility at NHC’s 2016 Solutions for Affordable Housing convening.
On Feb. 1, Priya Jayachandra joined NHC member National Housing Trust (NHT) as its president. Before joining NHT, Jayachandra served as senior vice president of affordable housing development at Volunteers of America. Before joining VOA, she served as HUD deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing.
“I am honored to lead such a talented group of people, many of whom I have worked closely with throughout my career,” shared Jayachandran in a news release. “I look forward to maintaining the Trust’s impact in the affordable housing world and expanding our work through new strategies and partnerships.”
Priya spoke at our 2017 Solutions for Affordable Housing convening, where she presented on meeting the housing needs of older adults.
She succeeds long-time NHT President Michael Bodaken, who served at the organization for nearly 25 years.
And on Jan. 1, NHC member the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) appointed Garth B. Rieman as its interim executive director. Reiman has worked at NCSHA for almost 25 years, most recently as the director of Housing Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives, where he led NCSHA’s work to formulate and execute its policies on the Housing Credit, Housing Bonds, housing finance reform, federal appropriations and other affordable housing issues, as well as led NCSHA’s advocacy efforts.
Barbara J. Thompson stepped down on Dec. 31 after 30 years with NCSHA, serving the last 16 years in the role of executive director.