This week’s ChangeMaker is Gregory Russ, the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority. Before hitting the Big apple nearly a year ago, Greg ran Minneapolis Public Housing where he managed 11,000 tenants. Now he’s in New York City and handling 400,000 tenants.
About Gregory Russ:
Gregory was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority by Mayor Bill de Blasio, effective August 12, 2019. Greg is a seasoned housing professional with decades of management experience; he has helped to rebuild and strengthen public housing authorities across the country, including in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
In a career that spans decades, Greg most recently served as Executive Director and CEO of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and as the Executive Director of the Cambridge Housing Authority, where he spearheaded sweeping plans to deliver extensive apartment renovations across the entire housing portfolio. He also served as Deputy Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, helping to oversee the management, maintenance operations, and security services for the 70,000 residents. From 1997 to 2002, he served in several roles with the Chicago Housing Authority. Greg also served as Principal Associate for Abt Associates, a consulting firm assisting public, private, and non-profit housing agencies with strategic planning.
In 1995, Greg worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, working under the Clinton Administration. He later served as Director of Troubled Agency Recovery.
Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and is a board member of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA). He is also a former president of the Public Housing Authority Directors Association.