Lewis Jordan has been selected by the Marin Housing Authority board to lead the 50-person agency, which serves over 12,000 residents.
Jordan will follow Dan Nackerman, the former executive director who left the agency in 2008 to become the head of the Housing Authority in San Bernardino County.
“We are pleased to have Lewis join the Marin Housing Authority. He demonstrates great leadership, innovative approaches to improve the lives of our residents,” said Board President Steve Kinsey.
Jordan led the Chicago Housing Authority for three and a half years and also the Cook County Housing Authority, as well as the Rockford Housing Authority in Illinois.
A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, he has 20 years experience as a corporate manager and worked extensively with diversity education and corporate relations.
He helped the beleaguered Chicago Housing Authority out of a 23-year court-ordered receivership and worked with the residents and other stakeholders to create better housing options and improved public spaces.
He resigned his position in 2011 after a change in mayoral leadership.
His peers and federal partners have called him “one of the best executive directors” as well as “smart, honest and with an ability to get things done.”
“I am very excited about the many opportunities to enhance affordable housing in this great community,” said Jordan. “I look forward to strengthening relationships with MHA residents, board, staff and community partners. I am also ecstatic about the possibilities to partner with new stakeholders as we work together to provide affordable housing choices and positive resident opportunities throughout the county.”
The board will formally make the appointment at its Oct. 16 meeting.