ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity International board member Renée Glover has been named the 2009 Urban Innovator Award winner by the Manhattan Institute Center for Civic Innovation. The award recognizes public officials whose program initiatives efficiently and effectively improve the quality of life in America’s urban areas.
A strong supporter of affordable housing, Glover has served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity International since 2006.
“Renée’s commitment to finding affordable housing solutions is remarkable, and it is wonderful to see her hard work recognized with this award,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are very fortunate to have her leadership on our board of directors, and we are grateful for her dedication.”
As President and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority, Glover is being honored for her work beginning in 1994 to demolish almost all of Atlanta’s public housing, where crime sometimes reached 35 times the city’s average. Under Glover’s leadership, troubled “projects” have been leveled, replaced by housing choice vouchers, which include a work (or job training) requirement and a series of successful mixed-use, mixed-income communities, which have helped increase the property tax base.
Glover joined the Atlanta Housing Authority as CEO in September 1994. Since that time, she has been widely acknowledged for her business leadership and strategic approach to community redevelopment. At AHA, Glover pioneered master-planned, mixed-finance, mixed-income residential development where families of all socio-economic profiles live next to each other in the same amenity-rich community.
Glover has received numerous recognitions over the years, including Public Official of the Year 2002 by Governing Magazine and recognition from a collaboration of the Center for American Women and Politics, the Ford Foundation and the Council for Excellence in Government as one of the top ten American women in government.
Additionally, Glover has served on the National Advisory Council of Fannie Mae and was appointed by the U.S. Congress to the Millennial Housing Commission in 2000, charged with providing legislative recommendations to Congress on national housing policy. In November 2007, she was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Housing Authority, Glover was a corporate finance attorney in Atlanta and New York City. She received her Juris Doctorate from Boston University, her Master’s degree from Yale University and her Bachelor of Arts from Fisk University.
The Urban Innovator award is a non-partisan recognition which has been awarded annually since 2000. Previous award winners include Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz and New Orleans school superintendent Paul Vallas. The award will be presented to Glover on December 8 in New York City.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .