District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett announced Petuna Cooper as the agency’s new vice president of the Office of Audit and Compliance. She brings a wealth of experience to DCHA, serving in previous compliance leadership roles, developing new strategies and ideas to strengthen core services, managed new infrastructure initiatives, and maintained her team’s morale despite periods of instability and change.
“Petuna Cooper has 25 years of experience in leadership roles within the world of audit, regulation, and compliance. Her extensive knowledge of the complex rules and regulations of the health care industry easily translate to housing policies and will bring a new perspective to DCHA’s mission of providing safe and healthy affordable housing,” Garrett said. “I look forward to her joining our team and making an impact on not only our customers, but also our agency.”
Prior to joining DCHA, Cooper was a corporate compliance leader for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she worked in unison with the director of Internal Audit and Compliance to investigate and respond to internal and external violations of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of federal and local laws. She also previously worked at the Kaiser Permanente, Care First, and Hospice of Chesapeake in corporate compliance where she incorporated comprehensive changes to make the businesses more efficient.
“In the past, I have championed initiatives that have positioned organizations to achieve significant growth and have turned around challenging divisions to regain the respect of the people they serve,” Cooper said. “I will harness the enthusiasm and talents of my team, identify core issues, and the necessary resources available to achieve the audit and enterprise wide compliance objectives for DCHA.”
Cooper has a Master’s of Business Administration and is a certified professional compliance officer.