Board of Commissioners
The five-member Board of Commissioners oversees the Authority's overall direction. The board approves significant contract awards, budget decisions, formal submissions to state and federal funding agencies, planning and reporting documents, and major policy decisions. The Board consists of five Commissioners, four of whom are elected by Town voters. The fifth is appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth. For questions or concerns regarding applications, work orders, construction projects, etc., BHA residents, applicants, and members of the public are encouraged to contact the relevant BHA Department Director.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule
The Board of Commissioners generally meet the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 PM. Meeting dates are confirmed approximately three weeks in advance. Board meetings are open to the public.
Michael Jacobs has worked in the affordable housing field for 40 years. In addition to his current consulting practice as principal of MHJ Associates, he has held a range of positions in both the public and private sector including senior positions at the Boston Housing Authority, the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, the ADS Group, and National Development. Mike is a member of the Town of Brookline’s Housing Advisory Board.
Joanne Sullivan is Vice President and Director of Government & Community Relations at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, a $46 billion cooperatively-owned wholesale bank. Previously Joanne was Senior Manager of government affairs for Fleet and BankBoston. Joanne serves on the Boards of the New England Council and the Women’s Lunch Place, among others.
Barbara Dugan is a resident of the Brookline Housing Authority and has served as an elected Commissioner for more than 25 years. She also served for many years as the President of the Brookline Townwide Tenants Association and in other Brookline leadership roles.
Attorney Sue Cohen has worked in the affordable housing field for more than 40 years. She is currently the in-house General Counsel at the Cambridge Housing Authority. Previously, she headed her own law firm representing many housing authorities in Massachusetts as well as clients nationwide. She is a member of the Board and Past President of the Housing Development Law Institute in Washington DC.
Term: June 2016 - June 2021
Judy Katz is the president of OKM Associates, a firm that specializes in property management and consulting for affordable housing. She serves on the Board of Steps to Success, Inc., which provides academic and career support to low-income young people living in Brookline Public Housing. Judy also is on the Board of New Communities Housing Services in Cambridge, which provides housing and services to the elderly and disabled.
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Seeking a Finance Manager to support the Director of Finance by managing the accounting and financial
activities of the BHA; including the maintenance of all books and records in accordance with HUD
accounting and auditing regulations and DCHD Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP). The incumbent
supervises department staff; helps manage the budget process; reviews and approves general ledger
activities, including close outs and related reports; ensures compliance with applicable rules and
regulations; and other duties as assigned.
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Seeking a Director of Finance to lead the Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) Finance Department. The primary purpose of this position to organize, direct, and monitor the Brookline Housing Authority’s (“BHA” or “Authority”) financial activities and Finance department staff, including activities of BHA subsidiaries and affiliates such as real estate holdings and tax credit entities.
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