National American Indian Housing Council Selects Anthony Walters as Executive Director
Washington, DC – In keeping with our increased focus on advocacy, the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) restructured its management positions and began the process of recruiting a new Executive Director in January. We are humbled and enthused by the quality of the applicants that expressed interest in the position of Executive Director.
It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the successful recruitment of Anthony (Tony) Walters for the Executive Director position. Tony will lead the dedicated staff of NAIHC beginning April 3, 2017. Tony is from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Nation and most recently served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to Senator Tester for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He brings with him a strong background in advocacy and Indian law and policy, including the development of legislative strategies. His education includes a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma University College of Law. The Board of Directors strongly believes Tony is the right person to lead our organization as we strengthen our advocacy at the federal level.
Our current Executive Director, Pamala Silas will remain with the NAIHC in the role of Deputy Director while Tony acclimates to his new role. NAIHC will soon begin the process of recruiting a permanent Deputy Director as Pamala is not available to increase her time in Washington, DC. Pamala has done an outstanding job at the helm of NAIHC and we are grateful. The NAIHC is an ever-changing organization and Pamala’s organizational expertise has been instrumental to our success as we adapted to changes in our environment and the needs of our members.
National American Indian Housing Council is composed of 278 members representing 463 tribes and housing organizations. NAIHC promotes and supports Native housing entities in their efforts to provide culturally relevant and quality affordable housing on behalf of Native people. NAIHC has established a reputation as the national leader in Indian housing and works with many federal agencies, financial institutions and community groups to bring housing progress to Native people throughout Indian country. NAIHC services to its members and the general public include: Advocacy for housing opportunities and increased funding for Native American housing and community development programs; Training in many areas of Native housing management; On-site technical assistance for Native housing professionals; and Research and information services related to Native housing issues and programs.