Board of Commissioners

The five-member Board of Commissioners oversees the Authority's overall direction. The board approves significant contract awards, budget decisions, formal submissions to state and federal funding agencies, planning and reporting documents, and major policy decisions. The Board consists of five Commissioners, four of whom are elected by Town voters. The fifth is appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth. For questions or concerns regarding applications, work orders, construction projects, etc., BHA residents, applicants, and members of the public are encouraged to contact the relevant BHA Department Director.

Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule

The Board of Commissioners generally meet the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 PM. Meeting dates are confirmed approximately three weeks in advance. Board meetings are open to the public.

Board Members

  • Michael Jacobs
    Chair
    Term: May 2021-June 2026

    Michael Jacobs has worked in the affordable housing field for 40 years. In addition to his current consulting practice as principal of MHJ Associates, he has held a range of positions in both the public and private sector including senior positions at the Boston Housing Authority, the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, the ADS Group, and National Development. Mike is a member of the Town of Brookline’s Housing Advisory Board.

  • Joanne M. Sullivan
    Vice Chair
    Term: May 2019 - May 2024

    Joanne Sullivan is Vice President and Director of Government & Community Relations at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, a $46 billion cooperatively-owned wholesale bank. Previously Joanne was Senior Manager of government affairs for Fleet and BankBoston. Joanne serves on the Boards of the New England Council and the Women’s Lunch Place, among others.

  • Barbara Dugan
    Treasurer, BHA Resident
    Term: May 2020 - May 2025

    Barbara Dugan is a resident of the Brookline Housing Authority and has served as an elected Commissioner for more than 25 years. She also served for many years as the President of the Brookline Townwide Tenants Association and in other Brookline leadership roles.

  • Sue Cohen
    Term: May 2018 - May 2023

    Attorney Sue Cohen has worked in the affordable housing field for more than 40 years. She is currently the in-house General Counsel at the Cambridge Housing Authority. Previously, she headed her own law firm representing many housing authorities in Massachusetts as well as clients nationwide. She is a member of the Board and Past President of the Housing Development Law Institute in Washington DC.

  • Judith Katz
    Governor's Appointee
    Term: June 2016 - June 2021

    Judy Katz is the president of OKM Associates, a firm that specializes in property management and consulting for affordable housing. She serves on the Board of Steps to Success, Inc., which provides academic and career support to low-income young people living in Brookline Public Housing. Judy also is on the Board of New Communities Housing Services in Cambridge, which provides housing and services to the elderly and disabled.

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Career Opportunities

  • Duties Include
    • Respond to resident requests for repairs, complete resident work orders.
    • Repairs include appliances, minor plumbing and electric, carpentry, painting, exterior grounds, roofs, and gutters.
    • Prepare vacated apartments for leasing.
    • Remove ice and snow.
    • Maintain grounds and buildings per Covid-19 best practices.
    • Participate in evening and weekend on-call rotation.
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  • The primary purpose of this position is to perform various duties related to Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program admissions, voucher issuance, continued eligibility and landlord-participant relations. The incumbent is responsible for managing an assigned caseload of Housing Choice Voucher participants, ensuring maximum program and budget authority utilization. The incumbent is also required to participate in applicant briefings, coordinate with HQS inspectors, and occasionally manage special projects that may include file management, file reviews, and drafting program materials.

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  • The primary purpose of this position is to provide support and project coordination for Brookline Housing Authority’s (BHA) Capital Improvement projects. The position will coordinate full-cycle construction project planning, ensuring that Capital Improvement projects are completed efficiently and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and applicable program rules and regulations.

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  • The Brookline Housing Authority (‘BHA’) seeks a LIHTC Property Manager to join our talented Property Management team. Some essential duties include: screening and calculating income for applicants processed and referred by Leased Housing for Tax Credit Program eligibility; conducting Tax Credit re-certifications for assigned properties and consulting with Leased Housing to ensure the timely completion of all re-certifications.

    The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field and a minimum of four (4) years of experience in property management, Certified in Tax Credit preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid driver’s license and insurability under the Authority’s plan preferred.

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  • The Brookline Housing Authority (‘BHA’) seeks a Senior Services/Wellness Specialist to join our Resident Services team. The incumbent will provide key programmatic support for expanding BHA’s health and housing integrations to help low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, mental health-related needs, or other vulnerabilities to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Responsibilities include developing, coordinating, and managing comprehensive, culturally representative, relevant, and evidence-based wellness services, partnerships, and approaches for senior/disabled residents. This is a temporary, one-year contracted position with the potential of permanent hire.

    The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in social work, public health, or related field. LICSW preferred, but not required; 5+ years of relevant, progressive clinical/case management and administrative experience (particularly in affordable or congregate housing settings for seniors) and be relationship-driven and passionate about working with older adults and persons with disabilities.

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To Apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications along with a resume to: sfertig@brooklinehousing.org. No phone calls or letters. Full job description at www.brooklinehousing.org. BHA offers a competitive salary and strong benefits package, including state GIC health insurance and a defined-benefit pension. The BHA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action, Section 3 employer. Females, LGBTQ individuals, minorities, veterans, Section 3 qualifying individuals, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.