Women’s Development Corporation Hires New Executive Director
June 14, 2016
James Comer has been named the new Executive Director of Women’s Development Corporation (WDC) in Providence, Rhode Island. With a 20+ year career in housing including operations, property management and development work, James will take the helm of the organization and its affiliated entities in July of 2016. In recent years, two of the founders and long-term leaders of the organization, Susan Aitcheson and Alma Felix Green, retired from their many years of service to WDC and their staunch advocacy for and advancement of affordable housing in Rhode Island and surrounding communities. WDC was founded in 1979 and is an innovator in the design, development, construction, and management of housing for low to moderate income families, the elderly, and persons with special needs. One of WDC’s most widely-known affiliated entities, Housing Opportunities Corporation (HOC), is a separate, but affiliated non-profit, that manages WDC properties as well as properties owned by other organizations.
James comes to WDC from the Cambridge Housing Authority where he served as the Director of Operations and was responsible for the management, maintenance and tenant selection for 2700+ units and oversaw the redevelopment of six large developments totaling $175 million in improvements. “I have been privileged to serve in the affordable housing field for my entire career. I am honored and excited to join Women’s Development Corporation and to work alongside the Board of Directors and staff to continue their great work of serving communities and families throughout Rhode Island and New England,” said Comer. Comer currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Massachusetts Chapter and holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. A resident of Rhode Island, James lives with his wife and two boys in Warwick.
“We are delighted to welcome James Comer as the new leader of our organizations. He brings a great deal of experience in both housing management and housing development, a clear passion for the missions of the organizations, a dynamic personality and excellent managerial skills. The Board of Directors looks forward to partnering with him to honor the history and missions of these great organizations while moving them ahead into the future,” said Michelle Ruberto Fonseca, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained executive search firm with an office in Rhode Island, partnered with the WDC search committee on this important recruitment effort.