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.
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 - Board Chair
Attorney, Law Offices of Harold Cogdell Jr.
Law Offices of Harold Cogdell, Jr.
Attorney Harold Cogdell, Jr. is a native of Kinston, North Carolina. Mr. Cogdell attended North Carolina A &T State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991. Attorney Cogdell earned his Juris Doctor degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1996. During his time at NCCU, Harold was elected class president and humbled to serve as a legal research assistant to University Chancellor and renowned Civil Rights attorney Julius L. Chambers. Following graduation, Mr. Cogdell accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.
In 1998, Harold founded the Law Offices of Harold Cogdell, Jr., P.C. Since that time, Harold, along with the aid of his dedicated staff, has represented thousands of clients in State and Federal Court before judges and juries throughout the State of North Carolina (from Buncombe to New Hanover County) in Georgia and Kansas. Mr. Cogdell has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers organization as one of the Top 100 trial attorneys in North Carolina for 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Charlotte Housing Authority and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Horizon Development Properties, Inc., Harold has served as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner (Chairman 2011-2012, Vice-Chairman 2008-2011) and one term as a Charlotte City Council member. Harold has also served on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber, Stratford-Richardson YMCA and N.C. Association of Black Lawyers. Harold is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist church and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Commissioner - Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank
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