Steve Rudman to Leave Home Forward at End of 2014

Executive Director Steve Rudman has told staff and community partners that he plans to leave the agency at the end of 2014.  Following is the text of the email he sent to community partners on January 27:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

After months of deliberation, I’ve decided to leave Home Forward at the end of this year. This was a difficult decision because I have such pride and connection to the work and people of Home Forward.  However, I feel very good about my time here and want the opportunity to explore what’s next in my career.

It’s been quite an honor and privilege for me to serve as executive director since 2001.  Being part of a mission-based public corporation that’s evolved and accomplished so much despite significant budget challenges has truly been a rewarding experience. Home Forward supports over 15,000 households every month with a range of housing assistance options. We’re also in the midst of aligning and strengthening a number of system partnerships (aging and disability, health, homelessness, education and workforce) to provide more opportunities and better outcomes for the people we serve.

I’m pleased and proud that Home Forward is viewed as one of the most innovative and high performing housing authorities in the country. My  announcement is coming now because it is critical to me that the executive change is well planned and minimizes any disruption to the progress the organization is making.

The Board of Commissioners, in consultation with our local jurisdictions and with community input, will conduct a national search for my successor who will begin between October 1 and the end of the year. I will step down when the new director starts and then consult for the organization through December 31 to help with the transition.

Personally, I will always treasure my time at Home Forward.  After thirty years of working in the community development and affordable housing field with so many incredible organizations, partners and people, I’m looking forward to some time to reflect before beginning my next chapter.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

Best regards,
Steve Rudman
Executive Director
Home Forward