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EUGENE JONES, JR., CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER  

ejones@thecha.org

Eugene Jones, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority.  

He is directly responsible for implementing CHA’s extensive redevelopment program of public housing and continuing the agency’s mixed-income-focused strategic initiative - Plan Forward - to help build strong, vibrant communities throughout Chicago. 

He has more than 35 years of service and experience in housing operations, resident services, accounting and finance, auditing, maintenance, new construction, capital construction and Housing Choice Voucher programs. Jones held previous key roles at various housing authorities across the country and in Canada.  He is credited for turning around numerous troubled housing authorities to either a standard or high performance.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Albuquerque and his MBA from New Mexico Highlands University.

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Patricia Rios, Chief Administrative Officer  

prios@thecha.org

Patricia Rios is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority. Ms. Rios will directly oversee the HR, ITS and General Services functions at CHA. She will also have a close alignment to Procurement and Contracts and the Office of Diversity.

Ms. Rios most recently served as Associate Vice President of Human Resources for Columbia College Chicago. She was responsible for the vision and strategy of the Human Resources department in alignment with the College’s strategic plan. She also developed and maintained an effective infrastructure supporting superior communication between management, faculty and staff and participated across the College in the development of plans and programs as a strategic partner representing the employee’s perspective.

With deep roots in public service, Ms. Rios served as the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Staff Development at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), where she was responsible for providing executive-level vision, innovation and leadership for a district-wide Human Resources program.  Prior to joining CCC, Ms. Rios served as the Director of Administration for Chicago 2016, the non-profit organization focused on bringing the Olympics to Chicago.  As Chief of Staff to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), she provided executive level support to the Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for staffing and operational issues. Other key roles include Deputy Chief Financial Officer for CHA and Director of Finance for the Public Building Commission of Chicago.

Raised in Chicago, Ms. Rios obtained her bachelor’s of science degree in Accounting from DePaul University.

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JAMES BEBLEY, CHIEF legal officer

jbebley@thecha.org

James L. Bebley is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority. He is a veteran attorney who has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Bebley began his tenure at CHA on Oct. 5, 2015. Previously he served as the General Counsel for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, where he provided daily counsel and advice to the nation’s third largest school district that consisted of approximately 395,000 students, 40,000 employees and 600 schools. He was responsible for the Law Department, all litigation, legal questions and legal matters. He supervised and directed all federal, state, appellate and administrative litigation matters, all transactional matters and labor and employee relations. He previously  served as First Deputy General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel.

Before joining the Board of Education, Mr. Bebley was Of Counsel at the law firm Ice Miller, and prior to then a partner at Carney & Brothers.  At these firms he focused on municipal and corporate finance and real estate transactions.

Mr. Bebley earned his Law Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he also received his Bachelor of Science in Finance.

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Linda Riley Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer

lmitchell@thecha.org

Linda Riley Mitchell is Chief Financial Officer of the Chicago Housing Authority. Ms. Riley Mitchell is responsible for overall financial management of the agency, its financial reporting and transparency.

Since her arrival, Ms. Riley Mitchell oversaw the implementation of the Capital Debt restructuring effort, resulting in $30 million in interest savings.  This was accomplished through a bond repurchase and defeasement program. She led the effort to bring CHA’s pension plan funding level to 100 percent and, under her direction, Standard & Poor’s raised the CHA’s credit rating to AA from AA-. This is the highest rating given to any of the US Public Housing Authorities. 

Ms. Riley Mitchell also served as CFO of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA).  At MPEA, she was responsible for the $900 million bond financing of the renovation for the McCormick Place and Navy Pier.  She was formerly the Vice President of Finance Services for the Tribune Company.

Ms. Riley Mitchell completed the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Program for Educators and is a cum laude graduate of Marquette University.

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MARY HOWARD, Chief Resident Services Officer

mhoward@thecha.org

Ms. Howard is responsible for implementing programs that increase economic independence and earning power, enhance academic achievement, housing stability and quality of life for residents. Since joining CHA, Ms. Howard has developed and strengthened programming to include evidenced based models that have led to over 7,000 job placements for adults and more than 6,000 paid work experiences for youth; assisted in the creation and launch of CHA’s nonprofit affiliate, Springboard 2 Success, and has designed and implemented research based programming such as Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) with the Urban Institute, and the ground breaking advance earned income tax credit pilot. Ms. Howard has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and housing service industry including management, program design, evaluation, coaching, and training. She has worked on issues that impact vulnerable populations such as addiction, homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as implemented a variety of workforce development, housing, and anti-poverty programs.

She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. Ms. Howard earned her bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from Elmhurst College; master’s in psychology from United States International University; and, Ph.D. in psychology from Capella University.

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Kathryn ludwig, Chief Housing Choice Voucher Officer

kludwig@thecha.org

Ms. Ludwig is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8).  She also oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure effective and efficient HCV operations. Since her arrival in 2014, she led several important CHA initiatives, including the 2014 waitlist opening. For the first time, families and individuals could register for all three CHA waitlists using one simple, online form.  In addition, Ms. Ludwig has overseen a significant expansion of CHA’s HCV Program.  In 2014, the program added 3,000 vouchers; and the program will add 6,100 in 2015. Combined, these 9,100 additional vouchers represent a 25% increase in the program size over two years.

Prior to CHA, Ms. Ludwig served as the Chief Financial Officer at the Chicago Public Library (CPL).  In this role, she managed CPL’s Finance, Contracts and Supplies, Acquisitions, and Human Resources divisions. In addition, Ms. Ludwig developed and monitored the annual operating and capital budgets. She also oversaw the hiring process to ensure all branch libraries were adequately staffed and managed the grants process.

She also served as an assistant commissioner in the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing, where she managed the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), a $170 million federally-funded initiative to redevelop vacant, foreclosed homes in targeted neighborhoods.  Through NSP, the City of Chicago put nearly 800 units of vacant, foreclosed housing back into productive use.  Ms. Ludwig also coordinated the implementation of the City’s Micro-Market Recovery Program, an initiative to stabilize the real estate market in targeted areas across Chicago. 

Ms. Ludwig received her bachelor’s degree with majors in English and Political Science from DePaul University and holds a master of public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. 

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DIANA C. LIU, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OFFICER

dliu@thecha.org

Diana Liu is the Chief Development and Construction Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority.
 
Liu will be overseeing all development and construction activities at CHA. She arrived at CHA in January 2016 and brings with her 30 years of commercial real estate experience, primarily as a commercial real estate lawyer.
 
Most recently, Liu served for six years as a Principal, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Artemis Real Estate Partners in metropolitan Washington, D.C., a real estate private equity firm.  Prior to Artemis, she practiced commercial real estate law as an equity partner with WolfBlock LLP and Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia, Pa.  In her practice, Liu represented pension funds, institutional investors, REITs, developers, real estate operators, corporations and life insurance companies in all forms of real estate acquisition, development, management, financing, leasing and sale.   She has significant experience representing lending institutions in construction, permanent and mezzanine financings, as well as in loan workouts, restructures and foreclosures.   
 
Liu previously served as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.  Liu taught an advanced course in commercial real estate transactions as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1998 – 2009.  She is currently a Board Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Association of Asian American Investment Managers.  She is an active member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Liu is a former President of the Asian American Women’s Coalition and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, all in Philadelphia, PA.
 
Liu earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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Michael J. Gurgone, Chief Investment Officer 

mgurgone@thecha.org

As Chief Investment Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, Mr. Gurgone is responsible for the strategic investment and fiscal stewardship of combined assets of more than $500 million.  Mr. Gurgone’s responsibilities include management of the Treasury, Pension Administration and the recently formed Revenue and Partnerships departments. Mr. Gurgone has also served as the CHA Treasurer for the past 10 years.

Mr. Gurgone has over 30 years of experience in innovative management of capital, banking, debt and real estate portfolios, and has performed financial and land-use activities for residential and mixed use developments in the Chicagoland area. Prior to CHA, he served as Treasurer for the Chicago Public Schools for more than 10 years.

He has co-authored U.S. Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) best practice advisories and has served on the GFOA National Standing Committees for Treasury & Investment, and most recently Capital Planning & Economic Development.  He has pioneered electronic banking platforms and Public Private Partnerships with a focus on return on investment and risk reward parameters.

Mr. Gurgone is a graduate of Leo High School in Chicago and earned a B.S in Accounting and Business Administration from Illinois State University. He holds a Certificate in Public Accounting (CPA) as well as a Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA).

In 2011, he was presented the City of Chicago Kathy Osterman Excellence in Leadership Award.