MassHousing Executive Director Emeritus Tom Gleason was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA) for his 30-year commitment to affordable housing.
Gleason is a nationally recognized leader among the nation's Housing Finance Agencies and the housing finance industry overall. He is the immediate Past President of the National Council of State Housing Agencies and has received numerous awards from Massachusetts and national housing and real estate organizations.
"The close partnership that MassHousing has had with the housing management industry over the years is essential to providing quality housing options for people of modest means," said Gleason. "NEAHMA's commitment to the people who live in their developments changes lives in a very real way. To receive this award from this organization is a very special honor."
Gleason will retire from MassHousing at the end of 2016 after 30 years with the Agency. He was appointed Executive Director in 2001 and had previously served in a number of other positions, including Deputy Director and Director of the Agency's Homeownership Division. Prior to joining MassHousing he served in several roles at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Gleason was honored as part of NEAHMA's 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show at Lombardo's in Randolph.
"Honoring Tom Gleason as NEAHMA's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was the easiest decision that we made this year as an organization," said Kristin McGrath Pine, NEAHMA President and the Director of Training and Education for Peabody Properties. "Tom's body of work over the course of his 30 years of distinguished service speaks volumes and is unparalleled in our industry as a leader, pioneer and a role model for others to follow in terms of setting the gold standard for providing safe, quality affordable housing for low-income families. His legacy will carry on as an example to new generations of industry professionals, who in turn, will manage award-winning communities that our residents choose to call ‘home.'”