Executive Director Ismael Guerrero Leaves Denver Housing Authority

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Ismael Guerrero has announced his resignation as Executive Director of the Denver Housing Authority to become the Executive Director of   Mercy Housing, Inc., one of the largest affordable housing non-profits in the country.

From L to R, Former Denver Mayor Federico Pena, DHA Executive Director Ismael Guerrero, Former Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb and a representative for Governor and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Photo from 2015 DHA Gala. Photo by Latin Life Denver Media. For more photos and article visit: https://www.latinlifedenver.com/networking/80th-anniversary-gala-denver-housing-authority-growing-stronger-stronger/

From L to R, Former Denver Mayor Federico Pena, DHA Executive Director Ismael Guerrero, Former Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb and a representative for Governor and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Photo from 2015 DHA Gala. Photo by Latin Life Denver Media. For more photos and article click HERE 

Guerrero had served as Executive Director of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) since June 2007.  Under Ismael’s leadership, DHA has undertaken an ambitious plan to transform public housing in Denver, creating vibrant, sustainable, mixed-income communities of choice.

Denver's Mariposa District. The redevelopment of a distressed public housing development is now providing Denver residents with affordable and market-rate living options. 10th & Osage. Photo by Latin Life Denver Media

Denver’s Mariposa District. The redevelopment of a distressed public housing development is now providing Denver residents with affordable and market-rate living options. 10th & Osage. Photo by Latin Life Denver Media

Current initiatives include the Mariposa District and the Sun Valley Choice Neighborhood Initiatives, both TOD communities along the new West Line light rail corridor.

In 2012, DHA received a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from the Environmental Protection Agency and in 2014 Ismael Guerrero was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change in Solar Deployment.

Ismael Guerrero (left) with former Council Woman Judy Montero and artist Emanuel Martinez at 2013 opening of the Mariposa District

Ismael Guerrero (left) with former Council Woman Judy Montero and artist Emanuel Martinez at 2013 opening of the Mariposa District. Plhoto by Latin Life Denver Media.

In announcing his resignation  Guerrero stated, “It has been an honor, a pleasure, and the most fulfilling experience of my professional career to have lead the DHA Team for the past decade.   Together with many of you,  we have made an incredible and lasting impact on the City of Denver overall and our DHA housing communities in particular.    We could not have done it without the support and collaboration of our community partners, funders, and friends.   I am forever thankful to have worked with so many trusted and committed leaders who share the passion for creating healthy and vibrant communities of opportunity that empower and uplift all, but especially the most vulnerable and deserving among us.

 As I have shared with all who ask, leaving DHA is a bittersweet moment.    I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead Mercy Housing, Inc.  I will miss being a part of the DHA community, working side by side with everyone on the exciting opportunities and the inevitable challenges that lie ahead.   DHA is a beacon of hope in a world that is facing daunting public health, economic, and social justice calamities.  I leave with the confidence that with your continued partnerships, DHA will excel, grow, and  be a national leader in housing, community development, and resident services.

Josh Crawley is serving as Interim Executive Director during the transition period, as the DHA Board of Commissioners recruits and selects a new Executive Director.