Kathryn ludwig, Chief Housing Choice Voucher Officer
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.