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.

Career Opportunities

To apply for open positions: Submit a resume and cover letter with your qualifications to jobs@brooklinehousing.org No phone calls or letters.

  • Youth Engagement Coordinator

    As part of a growing team, the Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator serves a lead role in bridging equity gaps for residents of Brookline public housing – with a focus on youth, families, and technology - through dynamic outreach and enriching, community-based programming. This is a new position with responsibilities for managing the day-to-day operations of the BHA’s three family learning center spaces and technology access initiatives, including providing weekly, open-access learning center hours and enrichment programming for youth and adults.

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  • Lead Mechanic, Maintenance Department

    Seeking a Lead Mechanic to respond to resident requests for repairs (including appliances, minor plumbing and electric, carpentry, painting, exterior grounds, roofs, and gutters); complete resident work orders; prepare vacated apartments for leasing; remove ice and snow; maintain grounds and buildings per Covid-19 best practices and participate in evening and weekend on-call rotation.

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  • Finance Manager

    Seeking a Finance Manager to support the Director of Finance by managing the accounting and financial activities of the BHA; including the maintenance of all books and records in accordance with HUD accounting and auditing regulations and DCHD Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP). The incumbent supervises department staff; helps manage the budget process; reviews and approves general ledger activities, including close outs and related reports; ensures compliance with applicable rules and regulations; and other duties as assigned.

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