July 15, 2019
John Woods Is New ED at Allston Brighton Comm. Dev. Corp.

John Woods
July 16, 2018 — The Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit based in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston that develops affordable housing for area residents, last week announced it has named John Woods as its next executive director.

Woods will take over at the end of the month from Andrea Shapiro, who has been serving as interim executive director since December when Carol Ridge-Martinez stepped down from the post after four years.

Woods had served as director of housing development at Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC) from 2001 to 2007.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to return to Allston Brighton CDC in the capacity of executive director. I look forward to working with the board and staff to continue to enhance the important work of improving the quality of life in Allston Brighton that the CDC began nearly forty years ago," said Woods.

Woods previously managed affordable housing redevelopment activities at the Cambridge and Charlotte (NC) Housing Authorities, and worked in city government in Cambridge, Somerville, Peabody, and Gloucester.

Since his time with Allston Brighton CDC, Woods worked as a consultant to community organizations developing affordable housing for people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations across the country.

Woods noted that community development corporations “are important partners in helping residents of the neighborhoods they serve to make positive changes. Building consensus about the nature of those changes is often one of the biggest challenges, but it is also crucial to the success of any effort."

Aida Franquiz, board president of ABCDC, said the organization was "pleased to find a candidate who brings a breadth of experience and previous experience in our community in John."

Established in 1980, ABCDC has led initiatives that create and preserve affordable homes, foster community and connection, and offer pathways for individuals and families to increased incomes and assets.

Its current strategic plan calls for increasing resident leadership and engagement in ABCDC owned housing, creating a greater supply and access to quality housing for a range of incomes, and ensuring housing and transportation projects meet the needs of the diverse population of Allston Brighton.

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