Executive Director

Ivory Mathews began as Home Forward Executive Director in March, 2022. She has spent twenty years leading various housing authorities and affordable housing agencies.

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After a national search, Home Forward selected Ivory Mathews, of South Carolina, as its Executive Director. Prior to Home Forward, she most recently worked as the Chief Executive Officer at Columbia Housing and has spent twenty years leading various housing authorities and affordable housing agencies, honing her expertise at HUD policy, LIHTC, public housing management, Housing Choice Voucher financial management, asset management, government relations, housing development finance, and more. She has also completed the coursework in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. She will lead Home Forward in its mission to house Portlanders and model policy and practice that influences rental housing throughout the region. Thinking of her interest in Home Forward and her enthusiasm for this role, she reflects, “Home Forward is known as a premier provider of affordable housing and a leader in taking bold steps and shattering the status quo. I am looking forward to joining and leading this extraordinarily talented team in developing, delivering, and scaling new innovative solutions to providing equitable opportunities to affordable housing for Portlanders.”