Duffield comes to Charlottesville with more than 20 years of experience in high-level agency management and affordable housing leadership. Most recently, he has been serving as the Deputy Director of the State of South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Prior to that he was the City Manager of Tega Cay, South Carolina. Throughout his life, Duffield has dedicated himself to innovative affordable housing initiatives having worked for or volunteered with several leading-edge South Carolina affordable housing enterprises, including Affordable Housing Resources, Inc., Midlands Housing Trust Fund, and the Columbia Development Corporation.
“We are delighted to welcome Grant to Charlottesville and CRHA,” said Julie Jones, CHRA Board Chair. “He is a compassionate, experienced leader who is dedicated to meeting the needs of our residents, staff and communities. Grant has the tools and heart to lead us and we are thrilled to have found someone of his caliber.”
Duffield too sees this new role as a great opportunity to serve.
“I am tremendously honored to have been called to lead the CRHA, and to serve as a supportive advocate partner to our residents and stakeholders. I am exceedingly appreciative of the thoughtful, transparent Executive Director recruitment process, as that process has demonstrated to me that our residents, staff, board, PHAR and the City of Charlottesville are genuinely committed to building on our collective strengths and assets as we pursue our shared visions for CRHA. While our challenges are many, I look forward to working collaboratively with our residents and our stakeholders to meet these challenges and, by so doing, begin to build a brighter future for all of our residents and our community at large.”
CRHA is a housing and anti-poverty organization that manages 376 units of public housing in Charlottesville for the exclusive use of low-income families, seniors and disabled individuals, and the homeless. Additionally, CRHA oversees nearly 400 Housing Choice Vouchers and will soon begin a multi-year redevelopment process for 45 acres it owns within the City of Charlottesville.
Duffield will begin work with CRHA on May 23.