New Board Nominees

Meet the 8 nominees interested in serving on the MAHRA Board.  Their terms will run July 2020 - June 2022.

   


Venus P. Bradford 
Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis 

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and Homeownership Program Manager

In my current position, I work to promote and assist families to become self-sufficient and Homeowners.

I have over 40 years in the affordable housing industry which includes working with various programs to assist low to moderate income families at the DC Housing Authority, Chester Housing Authority and Rockville Housing Enterprises.

My professional development includes certified in Public Housing Management, Housing Choice Voucher Management, Managing Compliance in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Properties and

Low-Income Tax Credit Mixed Finance, Comprehensive Housing Counselor, and Certified Housing Quality Standard (HQS) Inspector.

Over the years I have built relationships with other professionals in the housing industry that would be useful to increase MAHRA’s membership and to support the mission of the Board of Directors.

Lisa Coleman 
Baltimore County Office of Housing

Program Manager

My interest in serving on the MAHRA Board is so I can work with like-minded industry professionals to deal with issues that impact housing opportunities.

With over 27 years of experience in the housing industry, I have administered an extensive portfolio of housing programs such as the HCV Program, Mainstream, HOPWA, RAP, FUP, Bridge Subsidy, VASH, NED, Housing for Homeless Persons with Disabilities, PBV, FSS and HCV Homeownership. Additionally, I have been a NAHRO faculty member for 21 years educating housing professionals and providing peer support and technical assistance.

I believe with my experience and commitment to the efforts of creating and preserving sustainable housing, I am able to serve as a competent advocate to the MAHRA membership. If provided the opportunity of serving on the MAHRA Board, I would be readily available to the MAHRA membership in focusing on the changes in our industry, as well as assisting in communicating and discussing new regulations that affect the day-to-day operations of the housing industry. I would use my experience to assist in developing and providing quality education to enhance the skills and knowledge of housing professionals. I would be vested in sharing the responsibility of the MAHRA Board in promoting the mission of the organization.

    

Adria Crutchfield 
Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership

Executive Director

Adria Crutchfield is an affordable housing and community development leader with public service experience that spans federal, state, and local government legislative and executive branches. Since February 2019, she has served as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP), dedicated to helping families access high quality housing in resource rich areas with strong schools, low crime, and ample job opportunities.

Immediately prior to joining BRHP, Adria served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Buildings where she advised the Commissioner on the administration and execution of agency priorities including organizational restructuring, improving the safety of construction sites, and mayoral goals to develop affordable housing; support small businesses; and build a more sustainable, and equitable city.

Previously, Adria worked as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Capital Projects at the New York City Housing Authority, the largest public housing authority in the country, supporting the day-to-day operations and management of a $2 billion, five-year construction program.

She has held roles in external affairs, issue advocacy, and coalition building focused on improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations and creating vibrant cities. 

Adria is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she studied architecture and American University where she earned her master’s in public policy. She is a proud alum of Coro Leadership New York. 

 

Dolores Deel 
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Portfolio Administrator/Asset Management

My experience in the multifamily property management industry for 30 years has included on the ground field work, marketing, advertising, leasing and administration for new construction rehab, and historic redevelopment of family, senior and student housing on market rate,  section 8, tax credit and mixed communities. I have also been on the operations side preparing budgets, capital improvement plans and proformas based on project needs and positioning or repositioning of the real estate. The mission in every instance was the preservation of sustainable housing.

In joining the Board and servicing the MAHRA members and affiliates my goal would be to lend my experiences, skills and networking circle in an effort to broaden the membership base and grow opportunities for the organization.

I am interested in serving on the Board to give back to an industry that has taught me so much for the past 30+ years. Growing up the daughter of a Hispanic man and a non- Hispanic woman in the 60s, we understood that housing discrimination was an acceptable practice, unfortunately. Those experiences helped to fuel my interest in changing the landscape through educating others.  I hope to get involved in the FSS program. HUD’s recent changes signals to us a new approach regarding its role in real estate. There is more accountability for owners and management companies to demonstrate not only the success of the financial side of their business, but also to demonstrate the program (resident success) side of their business. This wingll not stay status quo going forward, and I would be excited to be part of that success story!  

    

 Paul Diggs 
Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis

Director of Operations

MAHRA’s mission is to lead, support, and advocate on behalf of others, and for over 18 years, I have championed the same belief as it relates to my personal and business life.  I have helped to educate, collaborate by bringing diverse groups together, and advocated for the under-privileged to ensure equality was at the forefront.  By improving the societal differences, I have been successful in small segments of communities improve.

I offer the Board and MAHRA membership the ability to lead, collaborate, and the willingness to deal with complex and sensitive issues.  

I am interested in serving the Board because it’s the right thing to do. ighborhoods, and long-lasting relationships.  I am eager to learn from the past and current Board members, and I am my experience and knowledge will enlighten others.

 

  Leonetta Nelson 
Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County

Director of Rental Programs

I have 20 plus years in HUD, Federal and State laws concerning Housing Regulations. I work closely with the Housing needs of the Anne Arundel County community.

I would offer the years of experience in Housing, Federal government regulations and also close knit relationships to surrounding communities, due to my multiple years of working in this field.

I am interested in serving the Board and MAHRA to hopefully contribute to better improve Housing and Community Development within the community or where necessary.

 

   
    

David M. Skinner 
Baltimore County Office of Housing

Fair Housing Specialist

Colleagues frequently compliment me on my ability to connect with audiences, develop informational materials and facilitate presentations for outreach and trainings making complex ideas become clear and achievable.  I am committed to being a lifelong learner who looks forward to learning from each of my experiences.  My experiences with state and local government, housing stakeholders and HUD position me to digest and offer insight on strategic issues important to MAHRA and its members.  

Other strategic skills that I would offer the Board and MAHRA membership include extensive experience in community outreach, youth development, project management, conflict resolution, negotiation, investigation, research, marketing, business management and customer service excellence.

MAHRA’s mission, objectives and purpose present a very worthwhile opportunity to for me to add value to the work of the Board of Directors.  I am eager to increase my knowledge base to contribute towards work related projects in a more substantive manner, and to better assist community stakeholders navigate the complex decisions and communications involved in the creation and preservation of sustainable and inclusive communities.  I also seek intimate understanding of best practices and innovations in Community Revitalization & Development that have been successful in different parts of our nation so that I might contribute towards advancements in the current model in Baltimore County and throughout our region. 

 

Jacquelyn V. Wells, NCC 
Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis

Board of Commissioners President

As a community leader, I have years of experience, advocating for housing for all.

I have personally served as Resident Advisory Board President to bring change to help low income housing.

I am an active housing resident of the community of Bloomsbury Square, President of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and believe in affordable housing and its redevelopment. 

I offer to the BOARD my commitment and ability to advocate for MAHRA to increase and promote membership.  

I am interested in serving on the Board to continue to advocate for Maryland Affordable Housing AND Redevelopment.