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(Miami, FL, June 21, 2018) – George Mensah, Director of the City of Miami’s Community & Economic Development Department, has been named the 2018-19 president of the National Community Development Association (NCDA).
"We’re proud to have nationally recognized and respected professionals working for the residents of the City of Miami," said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. "The unique talents and achievements of our employees help position Miami as a leader among cities across the country."
For 49 years, the NCDA has served as one of the leading national non-profit organizations to support local governments and policy makers nationwide on critical federal housing and community development programs. Mr. Mensah will lead the NCDA, presently comprised of more than 400 local governments, as the organization continues its work to help shape policy on the hill that advocates for vital funding to help low-income families and neighborhoods, across the country.
“It’s an honor to be the president of NCDA for the 2018-2019 year and I look forward to continuing their work,” Mensah said. “While our different communities grapple with tough issues including poverty, homelessness, housing affordability and economic inequality, working together collectively allows us to have a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C., advocating for community development programs that have helped the country’s most vulnerable populations for decades.”
Mr. Mensah has been with Miami’s Community & Economic Development Department for 15 years, the last 10 as its Director, overseeing federal grant programs including Community Development Block Grants, the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and the Section 8 program (vouchers and moderate rehabilitation). Mr. Mensah has worked in the housing sector for three decades and prior to joining the City, worked for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) in Tallahassee and for Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City. He presently sits on the Housing Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and on the Community and Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.
NCDA is a national non-partisan, non-profit member-based organization that represents local government departments across the country that administer federally-supported community and economic development and affordable housing programs. NCDA is an association of people committed to assist local governments to achieve high quality, locally-responsive programs for making communities better places in which to live and work, particularly for low- and moderate-income people. For more information on the NCDA, visit ncdaonline.org.