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
    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 Brookline Housing Authority (‘BHA’) seeks a Development Associate to join our talented Redevelopment team. The Development Associate will work in partnership with the Redevelopment team, other BHA departments, and community and project partners to advance the BHA’s affordable housing agenda through all stages of development. Responsibilities include: helping to develop and maintain project budgets, assembling financing, competitively procuring and supervising consultants, and communicating with residents, the Town of Brookline and funders.

    The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree and exposure to financial and real estate concepts through 2+ years of relevant work experience such as planning, project management, financial analysis, or community development. A Master’s degree in related field (real estate, business, or planning) may substitute.

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

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  • The Brookline Housing Authority (‘BHA’) seeks a Senior Services/Wellness Specialist to join our Resident Services team. The incumbent will provide key programmatic support for expanding BHA’s health and housing integrations to help low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, mental health-related needs, or other vulnerabilities to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Responsibilities include developing, coordinating, and managing comprehensive, culturally representative, relevant, and evidence-based wellness services, partnerships, and approaches for senior/disabled residents. This is a temporary, one-year contracted position with the potential of permanent hire.

    The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in social work, public health, or related field. LICSW preferred, but not required; 5+ years of relevant, progressive clinical/case management and administrative experience (particularly in affordable or congregate housing settings for seniors) and be relationship-driven and passionate about working with older adults and persons with disabilities.

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

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  • The Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) seeks a Lead Mechanic to perform semi-routine and general maintenance duties throughout the BHA's housing sites and grounds. This position provides technical expertise and guidance to other maintenance staff.

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To Apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications along with a resume to: No phone calls or letters. Full job description at 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.