Led Effort to Assist Low-Income Households In Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Diane Yentel, veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate, has been named as the new President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) by the coalition’s board of directors.
She will replace Sheila Crowley, the coalition’s long time President and CEO, who is retiring. The transition will take place in April.
“I am honored by the opportunity to build on years of creating transformative public policy to help achieve NLIHC’s vision of assuring the lowest income people in our country have decent and affordable homes. Given the extraordinary leadership of Sheila Crowley and the talented and dedicated board and staff at NLIHC, I have a tremendous foundation from which to sustain and expand our impact.”
Said Diane Yentel.
Ms. Yentel is currently the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of Enterprise Community Partners, where she leads its federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. In her role at Enterprise, Diane led the effort to ensure that low-income housing was included as part of the $50.5 billion Superstorm Sandy recovery package.
In August 2013,Yental told USA Today,
“The administration has shown a proven commitment to a complete recovery for Hurricane Sandy.”
She also worked at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Public and Indian Housing directing policy development and implementation for the Public Housing program.
Ms. Yentel’s first job in Washington was for NLIHC, where she worked a Policy Analyst from 2005 to 2008. During her first year at NLIHC, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, displacing hundreds of thousands of low income people and damaging much of the region’s low cost housing stock. Diane led NLIHC’s efforts to advocate for an appropriate federal response by both Congress and the Administration.
“Speaking on behalf of our entire board, I could not be more pleased that Diane will be the new head of NLIHC. She has the right combination of leadership skills, policy expertise, political savvy, and commitment to housing justice to be a perfect fit for our coalition. The people in our country who lack decent and affordable homes will be well served by NLIHC under Diane’s direction.”
Said Brenda Clement, Chair of the NLIHC Board.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures that the lowest income people in the United States have decent and affordable homes.