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.

  • Joanne M. Sullivan
    Vice Chair
    Term: May 2019 - May 2024

    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
    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.

  • Sue Cohen
    Term: May 2018 - May 2023

    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.

  • Judith Katz
    Governor's Appointee
    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.

Agendas & Minutes

Career Opportunities

  • The primary purpose of this position is to manage all facets of Property Management at the Brookline Housing Authority (“BHA” or “Authority”). The incumbent enforces leasing agreements and timely rent payments by residents, ensures that all procedures and units are compliant with applicable regulations, and coordinates with Maintenance and Applications staff to complete vacancy turn-over within the acceptable timeframe. This position occasionally requires attendance at evening and weekend meetings or events. The Property Manager is responsible for overseeing assigned BHA buildings, ensuring optimal function, safety, and resident satisfaction.

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  • The LIHTC Property Manager enforces lease agreements and timely rent payments by residents, ensures all procedures and units are compliant with applicable regulations, and coordinates with Maintenance and Applications staff to complete vacancy turn-over within the acceptable timeframe. Responsible for screening and calculating income for applicants processed and referred by Leased Housing for Tax Credit Program eligibility. Conducts Tax Credit re-certifications for assigned properties. Consults with Leased Housing to ensure the timely completion of all re-certifications.

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  • Duties Include:
    • Respond to resident requests for repairs, complete resident work orders.
    • Repairs include appliances, minor plumbing and electric, carpentry, painting, exterior grounds, roofs, and gutters.
    • Prepare vacated apartments for leasing.
    • Remove ice and snow.
    • Maintain grounds and buildings per Covid-19 best practices.
    • Participate in evening and weekend on-call rotation.
    Qualifications
    • Knowledge and experience in the areas noted above.
    • High school diploma or equivalent. Driver’s license.
    • Relevant experience in property maintenance or a similar field and solid references.
    Wages and Benefits

    As established in the AFSCME-BHA contract. Overtime hours available. Excellent benefits including health insurance, dental, vision, public transportation, tuition reimbursement, and participation in the State retirement system. Union membership anticipated.

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  • The primary purpose of this position is to provide support and project coordination for Brookline Housing Authority’s (BHA) Capital Improvement projects. The position will coordinate full-cycle construction project planning, ensuring that Capital Improvement projects are completed efficiently and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and applicable program rules and regulations.

    For the complete job description and all minimum requirements, please click on the link below:

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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.