Board Chair

J. Michael Pitchford

President and CEO, Community Preservation and Development Corporation,
Chair of HPET’s BOD

Mr. Pitchford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (“CPDC”), is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the real estate development and community development programs of its affordable housing communities.

Through his decade of service on the board of the National Housing Conference, including a three-year stint as its President, Mr. Pitchford has developed a strong understanding of how national and local policy impact housing affordability. This understanding, coupled with his leadership skills in generating a shared vision with employees, has helped him build a strong infrastructure at CPDC for stable and rapid growth.

Mr. Pitchford has participated in or led associations, workshops, conferences and forums on policy, networking and affordable housing best practices.  He has served in leadership roles with the National Equity Company, the Urban Land Institute, the Washington Area Housing Partnership, the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, the Maryland Building Industry Associations and the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors.

Previously, Mr. Pitchford led the Community Development Equity Group at Bank of America Corporation (the “CDEG”) in Charlotte, North Carolina.  During his tenure, the CDEG developed or rehabilitated 23,000 units of affordable housing and increased equity commitments by 3,000%.  These affordable housing communities featured Make A Difference Centers, community life programs tailored to the needs of the resident population and providing such services as computer training for residents of all ages, career and academic mentoring, and on-site health clinics.

Mr. Pitchford is a member of the Urban Land Institute and chairs its Affordable Housing Council.  He serves on the Board of the National Equity Company, the National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy, and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the National Housing Conference.

Mr. Pitchford holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Old Dominion University.

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