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Raymond Skinner (Board Chair)

Raymond Skinner

Raymond A. Skinner is president of Skinner Consulting Services LLC, a consulting firm providing services in public policy analysis, housing finance and development, community revitalization, and government relations. He has spent the bulk of his 50-year professional career in public service, including holding several executive appointed positions in state and local government.

For fifteen years Skinner served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), leading a staff of 300 and managing the state’s housing finance, mortgage insurance, community development, and building code programs. In this position he oversaw the issuance of billions of dollars in mortgage revenue bonds to finance construction of affordable housing and managed the distribution of tens of millions of dollars in community development funds to help revitalize neighborhoods throughout the State of Maryland. Previously Skinner held the positions of DHCD Director and Executive Director of the Housing Authority in Prince George’s County, MD.

Skinner also spent over 10 years with the District of Columbia government, including serving as Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and as Director of the Office of Business and Economic Development.

Skinner is a well know affordable housing advocate and has been an active leader in the housing and community development industry. He served as a Trustee of the National Housing Conference, on the board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and as President of the Council of State Community Development Agencies. He served two terms as a member of the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and currently serves on the board of Reinvestment Fund.

Skinner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a certificate in Real Estate Development from Harvard University and completed Harvard’s “Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.”

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