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Ellis Wilson-Henri, SPHM, SHM, CPPO Resume

CANDIDATE
Ellis Wilson-Henri, SPHM, SHM, CPPO

SUMMARY

  • Experience with executive administration of low rent, affordable and market rate housing programs.
  • Experience monitoring, review and oversight of agencies administering affordable housing.
  • Experience interpreting and applying rules, regulations and statues pertaining to PHAs and HUD.
  • Experience with coordinating resolutions on critical issues or conflicting programmatic demands or instructions.
  • Experience with evaluating and resolving complex and difficult problems relating to the administration of Low Rent Public Housing and Section 8 programs.
  • Experience with writing letters and reports after performing technical assistance and reviews that are clear, concise and grammatically correct.
  • Experience in coordinating numerous programs, offices and resources over a large programmatic and geographic area.
  • Experience in establishing objectives and performance goals monitoring progress toward achievements and setting priorities based on changing requirements.
  • Experience identifying operational and programmatic deficiencies and providing technical assistance and recommendations for solutions for Low Rent Public Housing and Section 8 programs.
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
HUD Receivership Administrator, PIH Regional Director,
Jacksonville Public and Indian Housing Director - 
December 2013 to Present

  • Acting as Board Member and HUD Receiver for Gary Housing Authority and Hoboken Housing Authority
  • Responsible for administration and program oversight of 47 affordable housing agencies with a combined federal funding amount of approximately $250 million.
  • Provide oversight, capacity building, compliance and policy review to HUD grantee agencies.
  • Monitor program performance and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance on public housing, housing choice voucher, maintenance, procurement, modernization, tenant services and affordable housing modernization and development for low income families.
  • Provide training presentations on HUD programs to small and large groups of industry partners and HUD staff, including design of training curriculum and course materials.
  • Direct and supervise the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances.
  • Developed initiatives in collaboration with Florida housing authorities: End Homelessness in the State of Florida and Pre-School-to-College initiative to partner with private foundations to benefit children of all ages and families in public housing.
  • Co-lead resource compendium committee to consolidate guidance documents and publications.
  • Participate as Community Solutions team ambassador to forge Federal-Local partnerships.
  • Act in Regional Director's role during RD's absence.

Orlando Housing Authority Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President - January 2009 to December 2013

  • Responsible for day to day operations of the PHA, short- and long-term planning and management of the agency including budget planning and tracking, resource development, staff supervision, performance and staff development and training.
  • Worked closely with HUD to direct and manage departments within housing operations including procurement, resident services/homeownership, modernization and development, maintenance, public housing and (HCV) housing choice voucher/Section 8.
  • Strategic Planning Leader for the organization's annual plans collaboration with all community stakeholders.
  • Assisted PHAs with development of repositioning strategies including RAD, Mixed Finance, Low Income Tax Credits and other revenue generating financial structures.
  • Developed, implemented, and maintained policies to ensure relevance and conformance with best practices, and compliance with internal and external regulatory requirements.
  • Created sustainable relationships with board members, business leaders, community partners and vendors, and other stakeholders to foster collaboration and teamwork.
  • Conducted surveys, statistical analysis, and monitored outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the housing program and utilized the information to develop or modify processes and procedures.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances.

KAI/McCormack Baron St. Louis, MO Southeast Senior Program Director/ Real Estate Development Project Manager/Section 3 Coordinator - October 2006 to January 2009

  • Project Manager and Section 3 Coordinator for various HUD funded developments projects of affordable and public housing including C.J. Peete development of the New Orleans Housing Authority.
  • Worked closely with HUD, State Housing Finance Agencies, Private Foundations and other stakeholders to develop homeownership opportunities and housing assistance to low income families utilizing HUD and other funding sources.
  • Responsible for developing grant applications, project management, budget tracing proposal development, and contract administration.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances.

Allied Consulting, LLC St. Louis, MO Chief Executive Officer/Public Housing Training Consultant (Part-Time) - February 2005 to December 2013

  • Provided training and consulting services to housing industry partners to increase the quality and availability of affordable housing.
  • Provided training and consulting service on housing development and operations, Section 8, Low Rent Public Housing, Section 3 program compliance, contract administration and public procurement.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances.

St. Louis Housing Authority Acting Executive Director/Deputy Director - January 1998 to January 2005

  • Worked closely with HUD to develop processes and procedures which lead the agency from a troubled agency to a standard performer.
  • Supervised and managed operations of maintenance, procurement, modernization resident initiatives, Section 8 and public housing.
  • Responsible for short- and long-term planning and management of the agency including budget planning and tracking, resource development, staff supervision, performance and staff development and training
  • Developed affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for low income families utilizing HUD funding and other resources including LIHTC and private foundation funding.
  • Developed a team that applied for and received (3) three successful Hope VI grants totaling $109 million.
  • Developed, implemented and maintained policies to ensure relevance and conformance with best practices, and compliance with internal and external regulatory requirements.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances

ERM Technologies, INC. St. Louis, MO Vice President of Operations - July 1996 to January 1998  

  • Managed and directed the operations of finance, procurement, human resource, and engineering support for Offices in St. Louis, Missouri and Columbus, OH.
  • Responsibilities included budget development and tracking, report development for performance forecasting, contract pricing and proposal development, contract negotiations and schedule development and tracking.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances.

SVERDRUP Engineering CORP. St. Louis, MO Director, Government Contracts/Corporate Contracting Officer - January 1990 to July 1996

  • Served as principle Contracting Officer with unlimited obligation authority for 250 corporate offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.
  • Reviewed major procurements for consistency with corporate strategic plans and ensured value benefits derived were appropriate to cost.
  • Applied knowledge of Federal contracting regulations and corporate policy and procedures to determine the appropriate types of contracts and administration methods.
  • Provided contract administration for major construction, civil engineering and environmental remediation design contracts.
  • Responsible for short- and long-term planning and management of the contract's division including budget planning and tracking, resources development, staff supervision, performance and staff development and training.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of all work assigned to subordinates, evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action, and/or resolution of grievances.

Harris-Stowe University St. Louis, MO Adjunct Professor (full and part time) - June 1990 to December 2004

  • Served as adjunct professor for the School of Business and Management

United States Air Force Contracting Officer - January 1981 to May 1990 

  • Served as Warranted Contracting Officer with unlimited authority to obligate millions of dollars in support of assigned mission.
  • Directed and supervised the overall progression of work assigned to subordinates, which included planning, negotiation, award, administration, and closeout of various types of contractual vehicles.
  • Reviewed major procurements for consistency with Departmental strategic plans and ensured value benefits derived were appropriate for cost.
  • Evaluated subordinates, provided disciplinary action and resolved grievances.

EDUCATION
University of Maryland,
College Park, MD
PhD current candidate
Major: Operations Management/Management Science

Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Master of Art in Business Management

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Bachelor of Science in Business Management

PUBLICATIONS
Henry, E. (2002), "How to Manage Public Housing Construction Contracting Program" Independent Publishing, Inc.