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Housing Matters: Executive Director Announcement

The North Carolina Housing Coalition is thrilled to announce the selection of Samuel Gunter, former Interim Executive Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy, as our new Executive Director. Samuel’s selection is the result of a national search led by the Coalition’s Board of Directors. Robin Merrell, chair of the search committee, says, “The board has long been impressed by Samuel’s commitment to affordable housing and ability to build strong relationships in the policy community. Through this search process, we saw that his passion, expertise, and experience make Samuel uniquely qualified to lead the Coalition.”

Samuel joined the Coalition three years ago as the Director of Policy and Advocacy. In that role, he strengthened the organization’s relationship with the North Carolina policy community and the General Assembly. His hard work and knowledge of the policy landscape have resulted in key policy achievements including annual increases in state and local funding for affordable housing.

It’s an honor to be selected to serve as the next Executive Director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition.

“It’s an honor to be selected to serve as the next Executive Director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition. I wish my friend and mentor Satana Deberry well in her new role and look forward to continuing to grow and work with our membership to ensure that every North Carolinian has a home in which to live with dignity and opportunity,” says Gunter.

Prior to joining the Coalition, Samuel was Faith & Advocacy Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and has also worked in public policy in positions at the Christian Life Commission, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the U.S. Peace Corps. Samuel is also a Baptist minister and has served churches in North Carolina and Texas. He currently sits on the Advocacy Committee of Habitat for Humanity International, and the Board of Directors of both Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina and the Council of Independent State Housing Associations. He holds a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.