President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Diane is the newly appointed President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. This is Diane’s second stint at NLIHC, having previously worked as a policy analyst from 2005 to 2008. Diane is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC, Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and was a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane has a Masters in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Community Service Award
CHAPA’s Community Service Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to furthering the goals of affordable housing over the long-term. This year, join CHAPA in recognizing:
THOMAS R. GLEASON
Executive Director Emeritus, MassHousing
Tom Gleason is a career housing professional with more than 38 years of experience in mortgage lending, community development and bond finance. He became MassHousing’s executive director in 2001. In its 50-year history, MassHousing has provided more than $19 billion for affordable housing, 63% ($12 billion) of which has been provided during Tom’s tenure as CEO.
Tom is the President of the Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and serves on the Boards of New Lease for Homeless Families, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. He also serves as a member of Fannie Mae’s Single Family National Customer Advisory Board and the National Association of Home Builders’ Mortgage Roundtable.
Prior to being named Executive Director of MassHousing, Tom served as the Agency’s Deputy Director and Director of Home Ownership. Before joining MassHousing in 1987, he worked for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Community Development.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Tom resides in Westwood, Mass.