Roy O. Priest has had a distinguished 40 year career in the private business, government and the non-profit sectors included executive positions in community economic development and finance at both the local, state and federal level. His exemplary leadership and accomplishments reflects his steadfast commitment to serving the social and economic needs of our nation's families and communities.
Mr. Priest is currently the Executive Director/CEO of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Alexandria, VA. He is directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Agency. This includes planning and directing the operation of the Authority's low-income, and Section 8 Programs. He also provides consultancy to the Ford Foundation on a number of innovative projects that are impacting communities in the midst of significant demographic and socio-economic changes.
Prior to his current engagements, Roy Priest served a seven year tenure as the President and CEO of the National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED). As Chief Executive to the nation's trade association representing more than 4,300 community development corporations (CDCs) nationwide.
Roy completed a seventeen year tenure with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the Director of the Office of Economic Development, Director of the UDAG Program and CDP Director in the Buffalo Field Office. During his tenure with HUD, he administered programs UDAG, EZ, Youthbuild and etc that provided more then $5.8B of funding to cities, states and non-profit organizations and for-profit developers.
Roy began his career in Washington in 1967. He worked for the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency (RLA) as the Project Director for a large urban renewal project responsible for the development of 1,800 units of new and rehabilitated housing, 25,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 of community service space.
All of these positions over the last forty years have given Roy a keen insight and experience dealing with the redevelopment of some of our most difficult urban places and have given him a perspective of how to shape the urban policy landscape as we move the housing and community discussion forward for 40 more years.
A native Washingtonian, he attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He is also the recipient of a Masters of Public Administration from The American University and a Masters of City & Regional Planning from the Catholic University of America.
Roy Priest serves as the Board Chairman of Youthbuild USA as well being on a myriad of National Advisory Boards that include the following: Commercial Lending, LLC; Intrust, LLC; ILSR; Southern New Hampshire University; and HDR Advisory Board.