On Oct. 1, Adrianne Todman from St. Thomas, V.I., stepped into the role of interim executive director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). She has worked at DCHA since 2003, serving first as deputy chief of staff, and, since Nov. 2008, as deputy executive director for Administration and External Affairs.
Todman brings almost two decades of federal and local government experience to her new role. As deputy executive director she supervised operational, policy and strategic planning duties at one of the nation’s most innovative housing agencies, which serves over 50,000 D.C. residents. DCHA is the largest landlord in the District of Columbia and has generated over $2 billion in economic development activity throughout the city.
Prior to her current job, she has held several key positions in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, including legislative director in the office of then-Congressman Ron de Lugo where she worked on national housing, education and transportation legislation. After leaving the House of Representatives, she worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) both in the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and then as a special assistant on policy and programs to then-Secretary of HUD Andrew Cuomo. During her tenure at HUD, Todman had the honor of managing the competition of the national HOPE VI grant program that funds the revitalization of distressed public housing communities.
She serves on the board of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing and the Board of the Alumnae Association of Smith College. She is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007 and is a graduate of the Skinner Institute’s Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders. Todman is a recipient of the federal Distinguished Service Award and a recipient of the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore. She is a graduate of Smith College.
She is the daughter of Esther and Glen Breedy, and Justin Todman, and attended Sts. Peter and Paul High School, St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.