Omaha Housing Authority names new CEO

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Omaha Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has appointed Joanie Poore as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Poore’s selection to lead the agency is the result of a nationwide search for a successor to Judith Carlin, who headed OHA until September of 2018. Christine Johnson has been serving as OHA Interim CEO while the search was in progress.

Poore, who has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, most recently served as Vice President at Heartland Family Service, where she developed and led programs that seek to prevent and end homelessness; support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and deliver community-based support to assist seniors, refugees, and at-risk families.

The OHA news release states, “Her experience in setting agency-wide strategic direction to improve safety, self-sufficiency, and overall wellbeing of clients aligns with priorities OHA has identified moving forward.”

Following Monday’s OHA Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Chair David Levy said, “We are pleased that our search produced such an exciting range of experienced candidates. Ultimately, we were most impressed by Ms. Poore’s focus on people and culture building, her proven leadership, and her track record of success serving this community. She brings us a powerful and proactive combination of caring, insight and expertise — exactly what’s needed to lead Omaha Housing Authority into the future.”

A graduate of Iowa Western Community College and the College of Saint Mary with degrees in human services and behavioral science, Poore currently serves on the board of directors for the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Council on Homelessness, the advisory board for Iowa Legal Aid’s Council Bluffs office, Iowa West Foundation Healthy Families Committee, and is a member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midland’s Nonprofit Executive Institute.

Poore’s position as CEO at Omaha Housing Authority begins June 3.