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Commissioner Ryan Announces Interim Director of the Portland Housing Bureau

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Commissioner Dan Ryan is thrilled to announce Molly Rogers - who currently serves as Deputy Director - has accepted an offer to serve as PHB's Interim Director as Commissioner Ryan conducts a national search for a permanent Director.
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Headshot of PHB Interim Director Molly Rogers

Commissioner Dan Ryan is thrilled to announce Molly Rogers—who currently serves as Deputy Director for the Portland Housing Bureau—has accepted an offer to serve as PHB’s Interim Director as Commissioner Ryan conducts a national search for a permanent Director.

Molly Rogers has over 20 years of nonprofit and public sector management experience in housing, ending homelessness, and community development in Portland, New York, and Minneapolis. Since January 2019, Molly has been the Deputy Director of the Portland Housing Bureau where she had led planning efforts for the Bureau’s key strategic priorities—Portland’s Housing Bond, the Metro Housing Bond, and the integration of Supportive Housing. During her tenure, she has ensured the $258.4M Portland Housing Bond has been fully committed while exceeding all of the ballot measure goals, the Metro Bond is on track to meet 88% of Portland’s production goals, and the creation of hundreds of Permanent Supportive Housing units to address chronic homelessness.

“Molly has done an incredible job serving as Deputy Director for nearly 4 years,” said Commissioner Dan Ryan. “Molly is respected in the bureau and throughout the community for her relationship-building skills, her commitment to affordable housing, and her management abilities. I know this role will allow her to build on her fantastic work—and the fantastic work of the Portland Housing Bureau—and I am confident she will lead with integrity and passion as we navigate this transition.”

Prior to PHB, Molly spent eight years at Home Forward, the housing authority for Multnomah County, where she was responsible for housing policy, and the financial, physical, operational, and regulatory aspects of the agency’s 6,500-unit portfolio. She also previously managed programs for the former Bureau of Housing and Community Development in Portland and New York’s Department of Homeless Services. She has a master's degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

In the Interim Director role, Molly will provide continuity of service for the critical programs, investments and contracts that PHB provides to the community to mitigate the housing crisis. She will continue to oversee and advance the progress of the Portland Housing Bond, the Metro Housing Bond, the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy, and homeownership goals for PHB. She is excited to welcome over a thousand Portlanders earning 60% of area median income or below who will find new homes in the next several months in properties funded by the Portland and Metro Housing bonds.

Commissioner Ryan is committed to a national search for a permanent Portland Housing Bureau Director who will build on the excellent work of the bureau, focus on land acquisition, create new pathways to homeownership, and meet Portlanders’ needs along the housing continuum.

More details on the national search for a permanent Portland Housing Bureau Director are forthcoming.
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