Alisa Galazzi to Be Next CEO of Housing Assistance Corporation

Alisa Galazzi
November 20, 2016 — The Housing Assistance Corporation, a nonprofit based in Hyannis that operates homeless shelters and develops affordable housing on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, recently announced Alisa Galazzi has been named its next chief executive officer.

Galazzi will succeed Rick Presbrey, who led Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) since he founded in 1974.

Beginning in early January, Galazzi will serve as the agency’s incoming CEO, working closely with Presbrey who will serve as its outgoing CEO. Presbrey will continue as a consultant to the organization after the leadership transition is completed in March.

David Augustinho, board chair of HAC, said, “Alisa Galazzi has the perfect blend of leadership experience, proven skills, and personal passion to build on the great foundation of HAC’s services.”

She was chosen following a search that began in April, which evaluated more than 75 applicants from around the region and the country.

For the last four years Galazzi has served as chief operating officer at Gosnold on Cape Cod in Falmouth that provides addiction treatment services. Prior to that, she was executive director of Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands.

She has 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, including serving as development director for the Cape Cod Foundation and senior director of corporate giving at the American Heart Association.

“I am honored to have been selected for this important role and look forward to continuing the agency’s great work,” she said.

Galazzi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from California State University-Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree in communication management from Simmons College.

HAC offers a continuum of housing programs, including educating, training, and counseling through its consumer education department;. It also weatherizes and conducts energy rehabs for low-income and market-rate properties, develops affordable housing for seniors, families, and individuals, and provides an opportunity to become a homeowner with a full-service nonprofit real estate office.

HAC also provides emergency shelter and homelessness prevention assistance for individuals and families; administration of the largest housing subsidy program in our region; and family self-sufficiency and employment services.

According to a policy paper that outlined steps to reduce family homelessness in Massachusetts prepared by the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts, of which HAC is a member, "many of the root causes of poverty are symptoms of larger issues, many national and even global in scope. Our problem is not simply a shelter problem or a housing problem. It is a national poverty problem..."