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Alumnae Trustee, 2019–23
Adrianne Todman is the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Established in 1933, NAHRO is a Washington, D.C.-based membership organization of almost 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals who house almost eight million people throughout the country. In the first two years of her tenure, she has focused on cultivating a strong association with a member-focused culture. Working with the NAHRO team, she has expanded professional development offerings for members, increased NAHRO’s advocacy campaign participation by 139 percent, more than doubled NAHRO’s media mentions, and improved NAHRO’s financial standing and business operations. Todman has appeared in numerous industry convenings, and most recently was called upon as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee to discuss the country’s housing infrastructure.
Before joining NAHRO, Todman served as the executive director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) from 2009–17. At DCHA, she created a national award-winning model to house homeless veterans, increased homeownership opportunities by 50 percent, increased the number of affordable units available for low-income families, and oversaw 12 concurrent large redevelopment efforts. She prioritized youth empowerment programs, workforce development and commissioned the first citywide needs assessment of public housing residents. Prior to her tenure at DCHA, Todman served as a policy aide in the Office of the Secretary at HUD and also managed HUD’s highly competitive $500 million grant competition to redevelop aged housing communities. She has also served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives working on education, labor and transportation issues.
Todman serves on Brooking’s “Housing as a Hub” work group. She served as vice president of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and a trustee with the National Housing Conference, and was named a “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire. She co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative, and served on the Smith College President’s Council and the Alumnae Association board. She has received the federal Distinguished Service Award, the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore, the NAHRO Herman Award of Excellence, and the DC Building Industry Association’s Government Partner Award, among many other recognitions.