Published February 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) has chosen Anthony (Tony) Walters to be its new executive director.
Walters begin his role on April 3, 2017. Walters is from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. He 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.
NAIHC’s Board of Directors strongly believes Walters is the right person to lead the organization as its seeks to strengthen advocacy for Native housing at the federal level.
Current Executive Director, Pamala Silas will remain with the NAIHC in the role of deputy director while Walters acclimates to his new role. NAIHC will soon begin the process of recruiting a permanent Deputy Director as Silas is not available to increase her time in Washington, D.C. Silas has done an outstanding job at the helm of NAIHC. The NAIHC is an ever-changing organization and Silas’ organizational expertise has been instrumental to NAIHC’s success as it adapted to changes in its environment and the needs of its 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.
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