Clare Duncan

WASHINGTON – Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) announced today that Eileen Fitzgerald will join the organization as President in late July, taking over the role from Bill Kelly, who will step into an advisory role at SAHF.

“As a visionary leader, Ms. Fitzgerald will guide SAHF to meet the current and future needs of its members and the non-for-profit affordable rental housing industry,” said SAHF founder and former president Bill Kelly. “She has the intellect, passion and extensive background to make her the ideal person to lead SAHF.”

Ms. Fitzgerald will identify, develop and advocate for key strategic issues of concern to the organization and its members, work to create a level playing field for effective nonprofit businesses and heighten SAHF’s impact in improving the lives and opportunities for the rental housing residents of its members.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead SAHF and look forward to working with a great staff and its eleven members which represent the strongest, most impactful affordable housing providers in the country. At SAHF, we are committed to the difference a quality and affordable home makes in someone’s life and will work diligently to ensure that affordable rental homes are more available across the nation,” said Eileen Fitzgerald, SAHF President.

Ms. Fitzgerald has been active in the housing and community development industry for over 20 years including senior roles at the Fannie Mae Foundation, the McAuley Institute, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most recently, Ms. Fitzgerald served as Chief Executive Officer at NeighborWorks America.

Ms. Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. She is also holds a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Ms. Fitzgerald also serves on the boards of the National Housing Conference and the National Rural Housing Coalition.


About Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) is a network of eleven high capacity not-for-profit organizations who acquire, preserve and are committed to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Our members are BRIDGE Housing, The Community Builders, Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Homes for America, Mercy Housing, National Church Residences, National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation, NHP Foundation, Inc., Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Retirement Housing Foundation and Volunteers of America. Together they provide homes to over 100,000 low-income households across the country.