This week’s ChangeMaker is Anne Venezia the Housing Director of Arlington County in Virginia. Anne has over 20 years of experience in affordable housing finance, budget management and policy analysis. Arlington’s main financing program for affordable housing development has helped to create the majority of the county’s more than 8,000 affordable rental units that benefit low-income households.
About Anne Venezia:
Ms. Venezia started as Arlington County’s Housing Director in April 2020 and brings more than 20 years of experience in housing policy and finance. She started her career in private consulting, working on housing policy and disaster recovery at two different firms before entering the public sector. She accepted a position with the Development team in Arlington County’s Housing Division in 2008, underwriting loans to support acquisitions of new affordable units and managing the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF). Following a re-org in 2016, Ms. Venezia moved to a newly created Finance and Asset Management team, overseeing an annual budget of $30 million for housing programs as well as asset management and compliance functions of the County’s more than 8,000 committed affordable units, nearly $400 million in multifamily development loans, and over 200 single-family loans. While much of her background has been on the finance and data side of housing, working directly with families who benefit from these programs has always been the most rewarding. Ms. Venezia earned a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and both a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.