Episode 36 | Part One: Ivory Mathews, Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Housing

Episode Information

This week’s ChangeMaker is Ivory Mathews, the executive director, and chief executive officer for the Columbia Housing Authority, the largest housing authority in the State of South Carolina serving nearly 6,500 low-income households and over 16,000 individuals. Prior to joining Columbia Housing, Ivory served for five years as the Executive Director of the Greenville Housing Authority and has spent 20 years in the affordable housing industry.

About Ivory N. Mathews:
Ivory is the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Housing and Cayce Housing. Mathews has dedicated more than 20 years of her professional career to the affordable housing industry.

Under Mathews’ leadership, Columbia Housing is putting residents first, rebuilding public trust, increasing organizational efficiency and creating a climate of transparency and accountability. Using these principles, Columbia Housing has launched an aggressive portfolio repositioning and redevelopment strategy with an unrelenting focus on the preservation and creation of quality affordable housing for the families they serve.

Mathews currently serves as the President-Elect of the Carolina’s Council of Housing, Redevelopment & Codes Officials, on the Legislative Committee of the South Eastern Regional Council of NAHRO, City of Columbia’s Affordable Housing Taskforce and Congressional Contact for the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials.

Mathews holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Newberry College, and several nationally recognized certifications in the affordable housing arena. She is also a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative Fellow.