Episode 14 | Part Two: Marcia Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Memphis Housing Authority

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Katie wraps up her conversation with ChangeMaker, Marcia Lewis, the Chief Executive Officer of the Memphis Housing Authority. Marcia discusses the challenges of running a housing authority in Memphis and why she loves working in affordable housing.

About Marcia Lewis:
Marcia Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Memphis Housing Authority (MHA). Ms. Lewis is responsible for the oversight of assisted housing programs inclusive of almost 2,500 public housing units and 8000 Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8). In this capacity and as the President of MHA’s affiliate, Memphis Housing Strategies, she works to renovate and develop housing in Shelby County, Memphis, TN and to provide housing management services and training programs. This includes the current implementation of a $29.75 million-dollar HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant.

In May of 2019, Marcia was appointed by Secretary Ben Carson to be a member of the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee; serves on the board of the Tennessee Association of Housing Redevelopment Agencies (TAHRA); United Housing in Memphis; and, the Southeast Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA) and formerly served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Advisory Council. Prior to MHA she worked for USDHUD, where she was the Public & Indian Housing Hub Director in Tennessee (she also oversaw the State of Mississippi for two years during this tenure) with direct responsibility for implementation and oversight of 42 public housing authorities in west and middle Tennessee.

Marcia has 27 years of experience in the housing industry inclusive of seven with the Indianapolis Housing Agency and 16 with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; is a graduate of Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis majoring in Metropolitan Studies, and holds several housing certifications and has received numerous accolades for her work in this field.