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Samuel Gunter Appointed Interim Executive Director

We are thrilled to share with you that Samuel Gunter, the NC Housing Coalition’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, will be the Coalition’s interim executive director. Samuel’s appointment as interim executive director will begin on July 1, 2018, as our current executive director, Satana Deberry, will be leaving the organization to begin her new role as Durham’s District Attorney. We wish Satana well in her new position and now look forward to Samuel’s leadership.

Since joining the Coalition nearly three years ago as our Director of Policy and Advocacy, Samuel has strengthened our relationship with the North Carolina policy community and the General Assembly. His hard work and knowledge of the affordable housing policy landscape have contributed to key policy achievements including increases to North Carolina’s appropriation for affordable housing in every budget cycle, including increasing the Housing Trust Fund by nearly $1 million, increasing the Workforce Housing Loan Program annual appropriation by $7.5 million, and restoring $10 million of the state’s Community Development Block Grant allocation for affordable housing. His advocacy is effective at the national level, too, with North Carolina leading the nation in co-sponsors of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act. He has been a tireless advocate for affordable housing and has provided invaluable service to our partners in the affordable housing industry.

Whenever an organization undergoes a leadership transition of this sort, it presents an opportunity to consider the strategic vision and assess organizational needs. This is exactly what the Board is doing and we welcome your input as we move forward. To offer feedback please click here. We are delighted that Samuel has agreed to provide continuity and leadership for the Coalition as we continue to advocate for safe, decent and affordable housing for all North Carolinians.

Thank you,

NC Housing Coalition Board of Directors

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