D.C. Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Brenda Donald was named the agency’s permanent leader Friday after a vote by its board of commissioners.
Donald took over as interim leader of the entity in late May, after the board decided not to renew former director Tyrone Garrett’s contract. Donald most recently served as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s director of the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, but had retired a few weeks before stepping into the DCHA role on an interim basis.
According to DCist, the DCHA Board of Commissioners on Friday voted 7-2 to give Donald a two-year contract to lead the agency, which has struggled to address a $2.5 billion maintenance backlog in the buildings it owns. The DCHA serves as a landlord to thousands of low-income D.C. residents and provides housing vouchers to those that it does not house directly.