The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners welcomed two new commissioners to the dais.

Joshua Lopez and Franselene St. Jean were sworn in on Wednesday, February 14 at the beginning of the board’s monthly meeting. Lopez, who was nominated by Mayor Muriel Bowser to replace former Board Chairman Terri Thompson, and St. Jean, who was nominated by the mayor to replace voucher recipient former Commissioner Shelore Fisher, will serve until July 2020.

“Thank you for sacrificing your time to serve the residents of the District of Columbia,” DCHA Chairman Neil Albert said to the two new commissioners after they were officially sworn in.

Lopez, a native Washingtonian, is the CEO of Olimpic Strategies where he works directly with clients on business development opportunities, digital media outreach, and growth in international markets. He previously worked as director of business development for Allstate Floors and was the project manager for Gateway Georgia Avenue Revitalization Corporation. Lopez also has served on several city commissions in the past, including the Commission on Latino Affairs and the Homicide Reduction Task Force.

"The preservation and expansion of affordable housing is a top concern across the city. I've hit the ground running and have begun meeting with community stakeholders, residents, and councilmembers to hear their feedback and concerns. Improving services and quality of life issues for all our residents is my top priority. I believe DCHA can demonstrate a national model of sustainable community development while preserving affordable housing,” said Lopez in a statement. 

St. Jean is a U.S. Navy veteran and current Navy reservist who recently graduated as a registered nurse. She works as a surgical technician at Holy Cross Hospital’s labor and delivery unit. Previously, she was a senior surgical technologist at Walter Reed Medical Center and also at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. St. Jean spent 12 years in the Navy and did one tour in Afghanistan. She is a graduate of DCHA’s homeownership assistance program and purchased her own home.

“Sometimes in life we have to be shaken in order for our life to be rearranged and to move forward in the right direction. In my two-year term as a commissioner I would like to accomplish honor, courage, and commitment to the residents of D.C. I will be fair across the board and make sure that the residents of D.C. are heard and we've met their needs. I want us to work together to accomplish two goals: independence and affordable living. There will be challenges; however, overcoming those challenges is what makes it all worth it,” said St. Jean in a statement.

Both commissioners thanked the mayor for the opportunity to serve D.C. residents and said serving in the position is an honor.

Commissioner Frank Lancaster (left) looks on as Commissioners Joshua Lopez and Franselene St. Jean take the oath of office.
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