The Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority (FHRA) has named G. Matthew Pike as the organization’s next Executive Director. Pike succeeds Lynn Fundingsland, who has led FHRA since 1999.
The announcement follows a six-month recruitment process and national search by the FHRA board of commissioners following Fundingsland’s November 2017 announcement of his plan to retire.
Pike, a Massachusetts native, has served as the Director of the Lawrence County Public Defenders Office in Deadwood, South Dakota, since 2013. He began his service there in 2005 as an intern following graduation from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2013, he was named the Young Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of South Dakota, following his appointment by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to serve as the sole defense attorney on the 2012 Criminal Justice Initiative, a successful effort to reform that state’s prison populations while enhancing public safety.
From 2006-2016, Pike served Lawrence County, South Dakota, as a Commissioner of the local housing & redevelopment commission, quickly expanding his role to both regional and national involvement as a housing advocate and policy specialist. He most recently served on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), the nation’s largest advocacy organization serving low and moderate income households, as well as Senior Vice-President for NAHRO’s Mountain Plains region.
“We are very excited to have Matthew join the FHRA as our new Executive Director. His unique combination of service, skills, and work experience will bring the right mix of leadership and forward-thinking energy to this organization,” said Karen Moore, FHRA Board President. “Matthew’s dedication and passion for the housing industry will serve the Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority well in taking our organization to the next level, so we can continue to serve our residents and the community well into the future,” Moore continued.
About Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority (FHRA)
Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority’s serves its mission of “Empowering People to Achieve Independence Through Housing” through responsible and efficient administration of the federal Housing Choice Voucher program to supplement rent expense for those most in need, through property management of a variety of affordable housing projects, and through property development of additional safe and affordable housing for residents of the Fargo, ND area. FHRA offers a variety of affordable housing options ranging from HUD-subsidized units for families, seniors, veterans, or persons with disabilities to projects that are more service-enriched and designed specifically for persons coming out of homelessness.
To learn more about Fargo Housing & Redevelopment and its programs, visit the website at www.fargohousing.org.