First Black woman to lead housing authority
Home Forward hires new executive
1/31/2022, 2:36 p.m.
She will be the first Black woman to lead Home Forward when her work in Portland begins in March, officials said, making the hiring announcement on Friday.
“Home Forward is known as a premier provider of affordable housing and a leader in taking bold steps and shattering the status quo. I am looking forward to joining and leading this extraordinarily talented team in developing, delivering, and scaling new innovative solutions to providing equitable opportunities to affordable housing for Portlanders,” she said.
Mathews will succeed Michael Buonocore, who announced his resignation in September after serving 20 years at Home Forward, seven as its Executive Director.
Under Buonocore’s leadership, Home Forward added 3,492 vouchers for low-income renters, increased revenue by $112 mlilion, increased the value of assets by $546 million, had 7 years of clean financial audits and added 280 new affordable homes. The agency also preserved 2,213 homes through major rehabilitations, added at least 1,046 homes to the development pipeline through 2024, and built a foundation for racial equity initiatives to reconcile historic harm.
“I am thrilled to welcome Ivory to Portland and hand over the reins of this organization that I love to her,” Buonocore said. “She’s incredibly talented and I can’t wait to see how she leads Home Forward into a bright future.”