Mayor Menino Names Sheila Dillon New Chief of Housing and Director of Neighborhood Development
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For Immediate Release
August 16, 2012
Released By:
Neighborhood Development
For More Information Contact:
Kerry O'Brien
KOBrien.dnd@cityofboston.gov

 

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that he has selected Sheila Dillon as his new Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), the agency which manages the city’s housing and neighborhood development programs.  Dillon is currently Director of the Rental Assistance Bureau at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and previously held housing-related positions at the City of Boston, including Deputy Director of Housing at DND, where she oversaw both affordable housing development and homeless programs. 

“I am confident that Sheila will be a tremendous leader and asset to the Department of Neighborhood Development and City of Boston,” Mayor Menino said.  “Sheila brings not only a deep understanding of today’s most important housing matters, but a strong record as a leader on these issues which are so critical to cultivating strong neighborhoods where residents and businesses can thrive.”

As the Department of Neighborhood Development addresses shifts in federal funding and program changes, Mayor Menino has tasked Dillon with identifying management efficiencies and service improvements to ensure that the Department continues to deliver for the people of Boston. 

“It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to once again work with Mayor Menino, the City of Boston, and our great neighborhood communities that help shape our city,” Dillon said.  “Boston is a city of unique and diverse neighborhoods and I look forward to working together to ensure that our city is a prosperous home for all of the residents, families and businesses of Boston.”

In her current role at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Sheila Dillon has oversight of the Section 8 Program, the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, and many of the State’s homeless programs.  During her time as Deputy Director of Housing at DND, she oversaw affordable housing development and homeless programs, including management of Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and several other programs.  After leaving DND, she assumed the role of Deputy Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where she created housing policy for the City of Boston and managed the Inclusionary Development Program. Before leaving the City, she served as Mayor Menino’s Housing Advisor.   Prior to her tenure with the City of Boston, Dillon was Director of Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund and Director of Housing Development at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. 

Dillon succeeds Evelyn Friedman, who is leaving to run the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council. Dillon will begin working in her new role on September 26, 2012.  Bill Cotter, the Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director of DND until that date.  Sheila Dillon is a resident of South Boston.

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