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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany Housing Authority Chair Michael Whalen Announce Appointment of Chiquita D’Arbeau as New Executive Director

July 01, 2020

Date: July 1, 2020

Contact: David Galin


ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Housing Authority Chair Michael Whalen announced the appointment of Chiquita D’Arbeau as the new Executive Director of the Albany Housing Authority. Chiquita will succeed Steve Longo as Executive Director at the time of his retirement later this summer.

A video of today’s announcement can be viewed by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=569523777043421 

Chiquita is a highly experienced affordable housing professional who was selected as the next Executive Director of the Albany Housing Authority after a thorough, nationwide search. 

Chiquita has worked with the Albany Housing Authority since 1999 in several roles, including as Housing Eligibility Assistant and Housing Authority Inspector, Employee Relations Manager and Executive Assistant, Director of Human Resources and Customer Relations, and most recently as the Deputy Director. Prior to her work with the Albany Housing Authority, Chiquita also worked with the Arbor Hill Development Corporation, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, and the St. Paul Public Housing Agency.

“The Albany Housing Authority is admired across the country, and I am excited that Chiquita D’Arbeau will become its next leader,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Chiquita is not only committed and dedicated to the values of the Housing Authority, but because of her lived experience brings a depth and breadth of compassion, knowledge, and care, and will do an amazing job leading this organization.”

“We did not have to look very far to discover the perfect candidate to become the next Executive Director of the Albany Housing Authority,” said Albany Housing Authority Chair Michael Whalen. “Chiquita is a person who cares deeply about our mission to provide the highest quality housing for all our residents. We are excited for this transition and know that she will carry forward our tradition of excellence.”

About the Albany Housing Authority
Since its creation in 1948, the Albany Housing Authority has evolved to provide leadership in meeting the needs and aspirations of its residents and their communities. More than just housing, today the Authority offers families a foundation from which to build successful lives, inspiring investment in self and community through quality rental, homeownership, employment and small business opportunities. The Albany Housing Authority is able to partner for those who wish to transform their future, and that of their community, into one of choice. For more information about the Albany Housing Authority, please visit http://www.albanyhousing.org/.


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