Episode 10 | Part One: Ismael Guerrero, President & CEO of Mercy Housing

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This week’s ChangeMaker is Ismael Guerrero, the President & CEO at Mercy Housing, the nation’s largest affordable housing nonprofit organization. Ismael is in charge of creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities in 41 states.

About Ismael Guerrero:
Ismael became Mercy Housing’s President & CEO July 1, 2020. He joins the organization with 25 years of groundbreaking achievements in community development. Guerrero has pioneered the coupling of healthcare and housing as well as success with innovative mixed-income communities.

Before joining Mercy Housing, Guerrero was the Executive Director of The Housing Authority of The City and County of Denver (DHA) for 13 years where he oversaw a 5,300-home portfolio including Public

Housing, Section 8, and Workforce rental units while administering over 6,900 Housing Vouchers which made it the largest housing authority in the Rocky Mountain Region. His leadership supported DHA with innovative developments including the Mariposa District TOD Redevelopment, a platinum- standard mixed-use development with 800 units, and the Sun Valley EcoDistrict redevelopment at the Federal & Decatur Station with 900 units. DHA was a local leader in affordable housing, then Guerrero carried it to the national spotlight with these transit-oriented, mixed-income, LEED- certified developments.

Before DHA, Guerrero was the Vice President and Business Development Officer for U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation structuring investments in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Partnerships. He also served as the CFO of Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing and Vice President of The Resurrection Project in Chicago.

Guerrero is a board member for the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, National Housing Trust and Colorado Health Foundation. Additionally, Guerrero has published articles that explore affordable housing’s relationship with healthcare and solar energy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago. Guerrero enjoys skiing and the outdoors with his family in Denver, CO.