Today, the District of Columbia Housing Authority welcomed Interim Executive Director Brenda Donald on her first day to the agency. The Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting in May to vote on her appointment, as well as a national search to identify a permanent director.
“I look forward to using my many years of experience working for the District’s families to help effectuate change for DCHA’s families,” Donald said. “I cannot wait to meet our customers and the DCHA team members and get started.”
Donald most recently served as director for the District’s Child and Family Services Agency. Prior to that, she was the deputy mayor for Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia and interim director of CFSA under Mayor Bowser since October 2016. In this role, she was charged with making sure that residents of all ages receive the services they need to lead healthy and productive lives in the District of Columbia.
Donald has over 25 years of senior management experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Before rejoining CFSA, she was vice president of the Center for Effective Family Services and Systems at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation’s largest organization solely dedicated to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. In that role, she oversaw programs that promoted improvements in public systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice with a focus on expanding evidence-based best practices.
BOC Chairman Neil Albert said, “We welcome Brenda Donald and her leadership to the agency.”
Donald is replacing outgoing Executive Director Tyrone Garrett whose resignation was effective June 18.