Two highly lauded development experts will influence the agency’s future capital programs.
Merrick Malone and Kimberly Black King have joined the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Office of Capital Programs as the new director and chief development officer, respectively.
“These new team members will help DCHA preserve and develop affordable housing,” DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman said. “Their expertise lends itself to creating more opportunities citywide.”
Malone, a former head of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development and deputy mayor of Economic Development during the Kelly and Barry administrations, said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to provide affordable housing in an area where land costs continue to rise, making it challenging for people of all income levels and backgrounds to live here. This agency plays a role in that.”
During his tenure as deputy mayor, Malone oversaw the redevelopment of the Verizon Center, Gallery Place, and the Good Hope Marketplace. During his 30 years of experience in real estate and economic development and as a public official in D.C. and Detroit, Malone gained vast experience in urban transformations in downtowns, school systems and neighborhoods, most recently with former City Administrator Robert Bobb.
As the chief development officer, Kimberly Black King will work closely with DCHA redevelopments and rehabilitation projects. Her last position was the director of the District’s New Communities Initiative.
“This was a natural move for me since I have more than 15 years of experience revitalizing underserved neighborhoods and connecting families to supportive services,” King said. “I am building upon the work I did with the New Communities Initiative and taking further steps.”
King has served as the director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Mid-Atlantic office, fulfilling a mission to create permanent housing with supportive services. She also has experience as a senior account executive who managed mission-rich affordable housing lenders and initiatives. King worked to construct and manage complicated financing for mixed-income projects using federal, local, and private dollars when she worked as a project manager at McCormack Baron Salazar.