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The District of Columbia Housing Authority honored two outgoing Commissioners at the July Board of Commissioners meeting held Wednesday. Former Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins and M. Bernadette Tolson have completed their terms and received proclamations for their exemplary service to the agency.

Hoskins and Tolson have governed the housing authority during portions of the development process of several HOPE VI sites, including Capitol Quarter and Sheridan Station, as well as through countless grants and rule changes. Both commissioners also helped ensure the quick housing assessment and delivery of VASH vouchers to veterans in the Nation’s Capital.

Hoskins, a board member since February 2011, has more than 25 years of experience in executive level leadership, economic and community development, transportation, real estate finance, housing and organizational management. He is currently the Prince George’s County deputy chief administrative office of economic development and public infrastructure. Prior to being named deputy mayor he had held positions including cabinet secretary with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, assistant secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and Fannie Mae’s lead director of Community Development in the Mid-Atlantic Markets. He also was vice president of Quadel Consulting, a Washington-based organization that has created and implemented affordable housing initiatives across the country. He has a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor’s from Dartmouth College.

Tolson, a board member since July 2011, also has more than 25 years of professional experience and community service. Her work has focused on the development and enhancement of local programs and services for youth and adult residents of the District. She served in numerous positions in the D.C. Department of Employment Services including customer relations manager and program supervisor. Commissioner Tolson is skilled in conducting community outreach and recruitment activities; coordinating the logistics of large and small events; identifying and maximizing public and private sector resources; and using consensus decision making to achieve desired outcomes. She also served on the Far Southeast/ Southwest Revitalization Committee, which worked with residents, community leaders and representatives of the business community.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray had nominated both Hoskins and Tolson for their positions on the board.

Chairman Pedro Alfonso, Bernadette Tolson, and Executive Director Adrianne Todman
Chairman Pedro Alfonso, Bernadette Tolson, and Executive Director Adrianne Todman
Victor L. Hoskins
Victor L. Hoskins
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