AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine State Housing Authority today welcomes John Gallagher as its new director.
Gallagher, who was nominated by Gov. Paul LePage in August and received legislative confirmation on September 6, becomes Maine Housing’s 11th director since the quasi-independent governmental entity was created in 1969.
Since 1999, Mr. Gallagher served as executive director of Westbrook Housing Authority and president of Westbrook Development Corporation. Prior tohis tenure at Westbrook Housing Authority, he served as program manager for the Development Division at Maine Housing. He also has more than 20 years of experience in residential real estate.
Mr. Gallagher is certified and trained in public housing management, multi-family housing development finance, and housing credit underwriting. He’s held seats on the boards of the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors, Residential Initiatives for Maine, the Southern Maine Affordable Rental Housing Coalition, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and Avesta Housing.
He currently is vice president for professional development for the New England Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Advisory Council, and the Board of the Genesis Foundation and its investment committee.