Patricia Belden is President of POAH Communities and has been part of the POAH organization since its founding in 2001, rising from project manager to managing director and chief operating officer. Over the years she has played a lead role in the acquisition, preservation and creation of nearly 8,500 affordable housing units nationally. She oversaw strategic development and implementation of a $30.5 million Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant, a revitalization centered on the redevelopment of five city blocks in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood near the University of Chicago.
Patricia joined POAH Communities as President in 2014, with a particular focus on furthering POAH Communities’ Community Impact efforts to leverage housing as a platform for increasing opportunity and promoting economic opportunity for residents. In this capacity, she has overseen the launch of the Outcomes Initiative, POAH Communities’ portfolio wide approach to supporting residents in health, education, financial stability, employment and community engagement. The organization has launched partnerships with national organizations to bring resident-centered programs to the POAH portfolio include the Family Self-Sufficiency program, Family Independence Initiative and the Amy S. Anthony Children’s Savings Accounts.
Patricia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.