Chad Williams – DirectorCEO & Executive Director - Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority

    CEO & Executive Director – Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority

    Mr. Williams was appointed Executive Director and CEO of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority in May 2018. Prior to his appointment he served as the Executive Consultant/Vice-President for Housing Development and Asset Management for Volunteers of America – Chesapeake. In this role he was responsible for building affordable housing communities in the Mid-Atlantic region for low-income families, the elderly, special needs, and Veterans. One of these community development projects included restructuring $17 million in New Market Tax Credits to convert a vacant historic rail yard into a mixed- use housing, recreation, and social services re-entry center housing 150 returning citizens.

    In public service to the Washington, D.C. region, Chad served on the board of directors for the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington where he led events and activities which advanced the leadership, vision, and voice of the nonprofit sector and accelerated solutions to the region’s most pressing housing and human services issues. Mr. Williams also co-led a Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission committee in developing a ten-year strategic plan for building affordable mixed-use livable housing communities around transit hubs. He also served as a member of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees.

    Mr. Williams has more than 20 years of experience creatively structuring affordable housing and economic development projects using data analytics, and restructuring community development agencies and public housing authorities using Six-Sigma methodologies. He has eight years of experience as a senior public administrator and nonprofit executive building cohesive management systems that solve complex affordable housing, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization challenges. In the past several years he has been involved with leading public-private partnerships engaged in regional land use, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, human services, and education programs.

    Chad has participated in leading award-winning real estate development projects such as the Coltsville National Historical Park, American Tobacco Historic District, and Mission Bay and Bayview-Hunters Point Waterfront District.

    Chad believes neighborhoods are planned better as transit-oriented communities that use green space for community gardens and natural resources to produce clean energy that will save low-income residents on transportation, food, and utility cost while also creating economic development opportunities for businesses and residents. This progressive vision builds affordable housing communities and neighborhoods, not just affordable housing. Chad also believes all affordable housing developments should have community-based support services that work to eliminate social determinants through a collaborative network of public-private partnerships that create economic opportunities for all citizens.

    Mr. Williams is author for the soon to be released book “Barry Farm: A Community Denied Hope”. A history on the political, social, and economic factors that have impacted the Barry Farm neighborhood and public housing community in Washington, D.C. from 1867 – 2017.