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.

Board Members

  • Michael Jacobs
    Chair
    Term: May 2021-June 2026

    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.

  • Sue Cohen
    Vice Chair
    Term: May 2023 - May 2028

    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.

  • Barbara Dugan
    Treasurer, BHA Resident
    Term: May 2020 - May 2025

    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.

  • Judith Katz
    Governor's Appointee
    Term: June 2021 - June 2026

    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.

  • Kimberley Richardson
    Term: May 2024 - May 2029

    Kimberley Richardson has dedicated over 27 years of service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to her longstanding professional commitment, Kimberley is a resident of the Brookline Housing Authority and a Clinical Social Worker. She is a passionate Change Maker, tirelessly advocating for and supporting the BIPOC community in Brookline.

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Career Opportunities

  • The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of technical and clerical accounting duties in support of the BHA’s senior finance department staff. The incumbent maintains a variety of accounting files, prepares spreadsheets, processes rent payments and reports, and performs various clerical duties relating to the Authority’s accounting functions.

    Please refer to the full job description for more details.

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To Apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications along with a resume to: sfertig@brooklinehousing.org. No phone calls or letters. Full job description at www.brooklinehousing.org. BHA offers a competitive salary and strong benefits package, including state GIC health insurance and a defined-benefit pension. The BHA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action, Section 3 employer. Females, LGBTQ individuals, minorities, veterans, Section 3 qualifying individuals, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.