On September 4, 2013, the Board of Commissioners appointed Joy Fitzgerald as the Interim President and CEO of The Atlanta Housing Authority. Mrs. Fitzgerald served as the Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development for The Atlanta Housing Authority from February 2005 through August 2013. In this role, she was responsible for the revitalization and development efforts that repositioned public housing communities into healthy mixed-income, mixed-finance, mixed-use communities. This has been accomplished by leveraging HUD development funds, operating subsidies, and AHA land; engaging private sector developers and private investors; and using market principles to create market rate communities with a seamless affordable component. In this role, Mrs. Fitzgerald expended all HOPE VI Grant funds and closed out the grants. She also ensured that AHA investments were made and performed in accordance with applicable terms, oversaw partner relationships, and provided strategic guidance to the Homeownership financing and counseling programs. She was also responsible for the management of all AHA owned public housing properties and the physical improvements, which have included in the last three years upgrades funded by $16 million in ARRA funds and $9 million of Energy Performance Contract proceeds.
Prior to joining The Atlanta Housing Authority, Mrs. Fitzgerald served in various capacities during a 20-year career at the Houston Housing Authority, including nine years as the President and Chief Executive Officer, eight years as the Deputy Executive Director, and three years as the Director of Legal Affairs. After relocating to Atlanta in 1999, she assumed the position of Director of the Office of Affordable Housing for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In this capacity, she administered the state and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and the HOME multifamily construction and permanent loan program for the State of Georgia for four years.
Mrs. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.