August 20, 2020 – Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has announced the appointment of DeJuana Thompson to the Housing Authority of Birmingham District’s Board of Commissioners. Her appointment is effective immediately and lasts through a five-year term.
“HABD is one of the most important agencies in the City of Birmingham and it was essential that we identified the right person for this vital role,” Mayor Woodfin said. “DeJuana is a proven leader with a special ability to connect with people and to assess and understand their priorities.”
Thompson is a nationally recognized communications consultant and the founder of “Woke Vote”, a non-profit organization that generated a statewide wave of first-time millennial voters.
“It is an honor to be selected by Mayor Woodfin because I believe that every citizen deserves quality affordable housing,” Thompson said. “I’m excited to bring my knowledge and life experiences to help create imaginative and thoughtful solutions to our challenges and to how we use the housing authority’s resources. I am particularly interested in getting to know and listening to the residents of public housing communities. Our decisions should be guided by their voices.”
Previously, Thompson was appointed by the White House to serve as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and a Master Certificate in Project Management from Rockhurst University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.
The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) is the largest public housing agency within the State of Alabama with approximately 5,100 conventional public housing units located at 14 sites within the Birmingham city limits. HABD serves a population of more than 4,800 families in public housing. Additionally, HABD administers a Section 8 program which consists of more than 5,240 vouchers. HABD is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the mayor of the City of Birmingham.