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May 18, 2022
Housing Partnership Network Appoints New President/CEO
Robin Hughes
Robin Hughes

February 26, 2022 — The Housing Partnership Network, a Boston-based collaborative of the nation's leading housing and community development nonprofits, recently announced the appointment of Robin Hughes as its next president and chief executive officer.

Hughes will succeed Tom Bledsoe, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO of the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) for the last 25 years. Hughes will assume the post on July 1.

John O’Callaghan, vice chair of HPN’s board of directors, said, “Robin brings a wealth of expertise and passion for innovation and positive change. Her unique experiences and leadership will help HPN’s members serve more families with deeper impacts.”

An industry leader at the local, state, and federal level, Hughes is currently president and CEO of Abode Communities, a leading affordable housing nonprofit based in California and member of HPN’s network since 2010.

She also has served on HPN’s board of directors for 11 years, five of them as board chair, positions which HPN said she has now relinquished.

“I am thrilled with this opportunity to lead and advance the work of HPN and its members,” said Hughes, “My goal is to build on the legacy of the first 30 years and bring bold, innovative, and transformative solutions to addressing the nation’s housing crisis and scaling the impact of HPN’s members.”

Under Hughes’ leadership, Abode Communities became a nationally-recognized affordable housing developer, a premier provider of environmentally-sustainable housing in California, and a frontrunner in making the high-cost Southern California market affordable to low-income working families.

Projects she led ranged from supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, workforce housing for teachers, housing for seniors and low-income individuals and families, and joint ventures with for-profit developers on mixed-use, market-rate and civic use developments.

Hughes earned a bachelor's and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and certification from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program.

She has been profiled as a top influential woman by Affordable Housing Finance magazine, featured as a “Champion of Affordable Housing” on the cover of National Real Estate Investor (now Wealth Management Real Estate) magazine, won Black Business Association’s Executive Leadership Award, named “Outstanding Nonprofit Director” by Women in Business, named number one in the Commercial Observer’s “LA Power list” of top real estate leaders in Los Angeles, and showcased as a “Greatest Person of the Day” by The Huffington Post for her role in bringing affordable homes to those in need.

HPN traces its roots to 1998. Between 2002 and 2015 the MacArthur Foundation has granted $4.5 million to support the organization’s work to help leading nonprofit housing organizations work together to break new ground in affordable housing and community development by identifying and sharing successful business practices, advocating for policy reforms, and incubating innovative joint ventures.

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