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TDHCA Board Names Edwina Carrington As Executive Director

(AUSTIN - 2/21/02) - The Governing Board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) voted February 21, 2002, to hire Edwina P. Carrington as Executive Director of the state agency. The Board’s vote came at its February meeting in El Paso, and Ms. Carrington was formally introduced as the Department’s new chief executive at a news conference at the state capitol. She begins with the agency on March 11.


Representative Bill Carter (left), Chair of the House Committee on Urban Affairs, joined TDHCA at a February 22 news conference at the state capitol formally introducing Edwina Carrington as TDHCA's Executive Director. Ms. Carrington is seen here with Representative Carter and Mr. C. Kent Conine, a member of the Department's governing board and Chair of the Board Executive Director Search Committee.

Ms. Carrington has spent over two decades in the housing finance and community development fields, including five years with the Texas Housing Agency, the forerunner to TDHCA. She comes to the Department after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Housing Finance Corporation.

“Edwina brings a new spirit and style of leadership to TDHCA,” said Michael E. Jones, chairman of the TDHCA governing board. “As a longtime leader in the housing and community development field, she has an intimate understanding of the challenges we face in our state as well as a number of innovative strategies for meeting these challenges.”

Ms. Carrington assumes leadership of approximately 320 TDHCA employees administering primarily federal funds directed toward the development of homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income households, affordable rental housing, housing and community development programs serving impoverished border communities, and programs providing a wide array of emergency, energy, and social service assistance to low-income Texans.

She has an extensive background in housing finance and community development, as well as several years’ experience administering state and federal funds as a program director both for the Ark-Tex Council of Governments and the Texas Association of Regional Councils. As CEO of the Texas Housing Finance Corporation (THFC), Ms. Carrington oversaw a housing finance organization that fostered the development of affordable housing through tax credit equity funds.

Ms. Carrington received a B.S. from Tennessee Tech University and an M.A. in Public Administration from Texas A&M-Texarkana. In addition to being a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM), she holds numerous professional affiliations with organizations such as the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, and the National Association of State and Local Equity Funds.