The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recently appointed Adrianne Todman to the position of executive director. The board took action at its regularly scheduled public meeting. With the assistance of Gans, Gans & Associates, an executive recruitment firm, the board conducted a nationwide search, which attracted more than 138 applicants.

On learning of the appointment, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray applauded Todman’s past efforts. “Adrianne Todman is a proven leader and someone in whom we have great confidence. We look forward to working with her in expanding DCHA’s affordable housing and workforce development services for District residents in need,” said Gray in a written statement. “The selection of Ms Todman signals a new direction for the DCHA, and we look forward to her leadership.”

With a 19-year career in public administration, Todman has held leadership roles at both the federal and local government levels. She has served as DCHA’s interim executive director for more than a year and as the deputy executive director for Administration and External Affairs and the deputy chief of staff for five years.

A former congressional staffer and native of St. Thomas, V.I., Todman joined DCHA after working as a special assistant to the Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she interfaced with The White House on affordable housing policy and programs. At HUD, she received the federal Distinguished Service Award, the HUD Superior Accomplishment Award and was a recipient of the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore.

Todman is an alumna of Smith College, Leadership Greater Washington and the Skinner Institute’s Master’s Series for Distinguished Leaders. She is a trustee for the National Organization of African Americans in Housing and CLPHA and a former trustee of the Alumnae Association of Smith College.