The CHA Board of Commissioners is a seven-member board appointed by the Charlotte City Council. This board consists of two members appointed directly by the Mayor and five appointed by other members of Council. At least one member must be a resident of assisted housing.
Commissioners serve staggered three-year terms and, as the governing body, set policies that govern the operations of CHA and chart the direction of current and future programs. This board ensures that we operate within the law and according to HUD regulations. New policies or acts of business requested by the CEO must first be approved or authorized through the Board of Commissioners before they are put into practice.
Meet our Commissioners:
Lucy Brown is an excellent example of a dedicated and committed citizen. She has proven that success is a choice and her ongoing service to her community has enhanced the lives of numerous individuals on many different levels. Ms. Brown serves as president of the Sunridge Community Organization, member of the Board of Directors of the Resident Advisory Council and the Charlotte Housing Authority Resident Commissioner.
Commissioner- Board Chair
Former Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge
Shirley Fulton is perhaps the most recognizable figure in Mecklenburg County, having spent over 20 years in the court as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Resident Superior Court Judge, District Court Judge, and Assistant District Attorney. In 2006, Judge Fulton was recognized by “Super Lawyers” magazine, as a Charlotte Super Lawyer, a distinction earned by only 5% of the practicing lawyers in a given state or region.
A community leader widely admired for her ability to build bridges between hostile groups, Judge Fulton lead the revitalization of Wesley Heights community, an inner city neighborhood. She is the owner of The Wadsworth Estate in Wesley Heights where she continues to serve the community as the operator of a site for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special events. She currently chairs Charlotte School Board of Visitors and Board of Directors and is a Commissioner for Charlotte Housing Authority and a member of North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.
In 2010, Judge Fulton was honored with N C Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine and is currently featured in AT&T’s 2014 Heritage Calendar Celebrating the N.C. African American Experience. She was selected to receive the North Carolina Supreme Court Justice’s 2015 Professionalism Award.
Royal Bank of Canada - VP of Asset Risk Management
Sheila Jones is the Vice President of Asset Risk Management for the Royal Bank of Canada’s Tax Credit Equity Group. She has held several risk management positions with RBC including development risk management. Prior to joining RBCMs, Jones was the Chief Administrative Officer for the Charlotte Housing Authority. In her affordable housing career she has worked with mixed finance multifamily real estate projects funded with low income housing tax credit equity, HOME funds, community development block grants, tax exempt bond financing and a variety of subsidies provided by HUD. Before joining the affordable housing sector Ms. Jones worked in the manufacturing industry where she held several senior level positions in procurement and operations management. She has nearly twenty years of experience in team leadership and organizational development.
A native of Detroit, MI, she attended Michigan State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management. Ms. Jones later earned a Master of Business degree from Wake Forest University. Additionally, she has several industry certifications including Public Housing Asset Management Executive and Tax Credit Compliance.
Ms. Jones has served on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Secondary School (Treasurer) and the Police Activities League (Finance Committee Chair). She is also the founder of the MACC Institute, a local non- profit organization.
In her spare time, Ms. Jones enjoys running, exercising and golf.
Commissioner - Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank
Leigh Ann Smith is a Senior Vice President and Community Development Equity Executive with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She manages the bank’s national origination platform for Low Income Housing Tax Credit investments through syndicator partners as well as its Historic and New Markets Tax Credits originations. Leigh Ann leads a team of equity originators responsible for structuring and closing tax credit equity investments in projects across the country.
Leigh Ann joined Bank of America in Charlotte in 1999 after two years with a community bank in New Orleans. Prior to moving to the equity side of the business, she worked as an underwriter in the bank’s Community Development and Commercial Real Estate Lending groups.
Leigh Ann has a BBA with high honors from Emory University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She serves on the Board of Directors for Crisis Assistance Ministries as well as CAHEC (a nonprofit regional tax credit equity syndicator), and she is a Guardian Ad Litem for children in foster care.
Ray McKinnon is a graduate of John Wesley University and serves as the pastor of South Tryon Community United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Ray is married to V. Kelly McKinnon. Together they are the parents to four boys (Quinton, Alex, Malik, and Mikel), a cat (Baxter), and a dog (Sebbi). They live in North West Charlotte in the Sunset Oaks community. He moved to Charlotte in 2012 for a job at University City United Methodist Church. Ray is passionate about community advocacy—particularly surrounding affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and equity (racial, gender, sexuality). Realizing that the work of the Leading on Opportunity Council is generational work, Ray is committed to roll up his sleeves to see that the recommendations of the Opportunity Task Force are implemented.
Boards and Involvement:
Co-Vice Chair, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Justice and Reconciliation Team
Member, WNCCUMC Dismantling Racism Task Force
Peace with Justice Coordinator, WNCCUMC
Member, Committee on the Status and Role of Women, WNCCUMC
Founder and Vice-President, New South Progressives
Member, Black Political Caucus
Member, Mecklenburg County Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents
Past-President, Oakdale Elementary School PTA
Member, Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice
Past Board Member, Exodus Homes
DNC Committeeperson, The Democratic Party
Delegate, Democratic National Committee Convention, 2016
Member, NCDP Executive Council
Member, NCDP State Executive Committee
Past President, Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County
Member, Mecklenburg County Democratic Party (MCDP) Executive Committee
Past Third Vice Chair, MCDP
Precinct Chair (PCT 222), MCDP