This week’s ChangeMaker is Stacy Spann, the Executive Director of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. The HOC acquires, owns and leases property for moderate- and low-income residents in the most populated county in the state of Maryland.
About Stacy Spann:
Stacy joined the Housing Opportunities Commission as Executive Director in February 2012. Prior to joining HOC, Mr. Spann was the Executive Director and Director of Howard County Housing, where he led the county’s housing commission and the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and Assistant Commissioner for Development Finance at Baltimore Housing. Mr. Spann has been responsible for the development and rehabilitation of thousands of affordable housing units across the Baltimore and DC Metropolitan areas in Baltimore, Howard County and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Mr. Spann was named Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s “Young Leader” award recipient in 2010 and received the Colvin Institute’s “Maryland Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate” award in 2016, which recognizes expertise in creative affordable housing solutions, imaginative planning, inventive design and the advancement of progressive, sustainable development. Mr. Spann is currently an adjunct professor of the Capstone Course Masters Program in Real Estate at the University of Maryland at College Park in the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. He is also a member of the Professional Development Faculty at the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Organizations (NAHRO), where he teaches “Introduction to Mixed Finance for Public Housing Authorities,” a course he designed for housing authorities, non-profits and local and federal governmental entities throughout the U.S. He currently serves as Vice President – Community Revitalization and Development for both the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the Middle Atlantic Regional Council of NAHRO.
An Annie E. Casey Children & Family Class 10 Fellow, Mr. Spann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College and a Masters of Public Administration in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.