New CEO for CHA

September 24, 2011

Chicago’s public housing agency has a new leader.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Charles Woodyard as the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), effective October 24.

Woodyard has been the president and chief executive of the Charlotte Housing Authority since 2002.

Charles Woodyard is the CHA's new CEO.

It will be a bigger challenge here: In North Carolina, Woodyard oversaw about 3,000 housing units. In Chicago, the CHA takes care of almost 18,000.

Nevertheless, Emanuel thinks he’s the right person to lead the CHA’s Plan for Transformation, which officials are calling the biggest redevelopment effort for public housing in history.

“Charles Woodyard has proven management ability and a history of innovation in public housing, and is the right man to lead the CHA to the successful completion of its Plan for Transformation and beyond,” said Mayor Emanuel.

“Throughout his career, Charles has focused on sound financial management and has dedicated himself to providing residents with affordable, sanitary and safe housing. In Charlotte, Charles was able to successfully integrate public housing into communities, a crucial element of Chicago’s Plan for Transformation. He has built strong partnerships with community groups and encouraged private sector investment in public housing, and we look forward to his leadership here in Chicago.”

Emanuel also announced this week that the CHA’s chairman of the board will no longer receive a salary. In the past, the chairman was paid $100,000 a year.

According to Emanuel’s office: “This is another step in making sure taxpayer funds are being used effectively to provide the best services to the people of Chicago.”

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