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We are led by a team of committed employees bound by a single purpose; to serve the citizens of Charlotte and provide quality housing for all.

Meet our Leadership Team of Charlotte Housing Authority:

“CHA is poised to transition into a new era of affordable housing for the future.”
- Fulton Meachem, CEO & President, CHA.

A. Fulton Meachem, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

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A. Fulton Meachem, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of CHA, Fulton is responsible for the oversight and effective operation of one of the most progressive housing authorities in the nation.  He has over 20 years experience in the affordable housing industry and has extensive experience in developing and executing workforce housing, resident services, and housing operations.  He is skilled in developing community partnerships and fostering strong relationships with Boards, staff and residents.

Due to an entrepreneurial nature, Fulton started two 501(c)(3) organizations to garner private dollars for public causes such as funds for post secondary education and the construction of high quality affordable housing.  He has successfully led development efforts which resulted in the creation of over 1600 mixed-income apartments using a myriad of sources such as HOPE VI funding, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bond Financing.

With a passion for helping people, Fulton believes that CHA is “more than bricks & sticks” and that able-bodied people should work. During his career, he has developed comprehensive supportive services programs incorporating case management, education and job placement. He believes the key to upward mobility is housing + supportive services + education + employment.

Fulton serves on a number of boards and committees including the Centralina Council of Governments’ Connect Our Future Consortium, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Steering Committee, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition on Housing. He is a member of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association.

He is married to Jeanette Meachem and serves as the part-time bus driver for his 11-year old baseball star, Bryce. His oldest son, Brannon, is a junior at his alma mater, North Carolina Central University.

Shaunté Evans

Chief Administrative Officer

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Shaunté Evans

Chief Administrative Officer
sevans@cha-nc.org

Shaunte has over 14 years of experience in affordable housing, strategic planning, and program and policy development.  Prior to joining CHA, she served as the Director of Administration for the Aiken Housing Authority in Aiken, South Carolina and the Community Development Corporations Manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Columbia, South Carolina. As the Chief Administrative Officer, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Moving to Work (MTW) program, assisting with governmental affairs, strategic planning, compliance, corporate communications and human resources. She also serves on several committees for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) of NAHRO and serves as a member of the Nurse Family Partnership Community Advisory Board.

Heather Franklin

Chief Financial Officer

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Heather Franklin

Chief Financial Officer
hfranklin@cha-nc.org

Heather has been a part of the CHA team for over ten years.  Prior to coming to CHA, she worked in the accounting department at the Virginia Tech Foundation.  As Chief Financial Officer, Heather oversees multiple administrative departments and manages the administration and formulation of financial policies and procedures within the CHA. She has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Additionally, Heather is a licensed CPA in the State of North Carolina, and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

Harriet L. Huell

Chief Counsel

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Harriet L. Huell

Chief Counsel
hhuell@cha-nc.org

Harriet joined the CHA team in April 2014.  Prior to joining CHA, she gained five years of experience working with a private law firm in Durham, NC, that specialized in representing public housing authorities throughout the Carolinas. Licensed to practice law in North and South Carolina, she specializes in both employment and housing law and has extensive litigation experience, Harriet holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Claflin University, a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the Chief Counsel for CHA, Harriet is responsible for all of the Agency’s legal matters. She represents CHA in court proceedings and litigation, and manages and coordinates outside counsel contracts for the entire agency.

Michael Gosselin

Executive Vice President of Real Estate Management

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Michael Gosselin

Executive Vice President of Real Estate Management
mgosselin@cha-nc.org

Michael Gosselin joined the CHA team in January 2017 as the Executive Vice President of Real Estate Management.   As the Executive Vice President of Real Estate Management, he is responsible for directing and executing CHA’s management business plans, administration and supervision of departments, programs, and projects with a focus on strategic planning and long-term sustainability.

Michael has more than 18 years of experience in the private sector of affordable housing managing a wide diversity of affordable and market programs. Prior to joining CHA, he worked as a District Manager for Massachusetts for Related Affordable Management overseeing all financial and administrative operations of affordable properties in the State. Michael was helped develop a newly-created asset management department while serving as an asset manager for Winn Management in Boston. Prior to that, he was a Regional Director for a Los Angeles-based management company overseeing the operations for properties in multiple states throughout the southeast. He received his B.S from Northeastern University in criminal justice and his MBA with a focus in Financing from Grand Canyon University.

Michael earned his CPM and C3P designations and is a member of IREM.  Michael is a U.S Navy veteran and worked for Naval Intelligence in the European and Middle-Eastern theatre while serving in Desert Storm. Michael is a Massachusetts native where he has spent most of his life. 

Connie Staudinger

Executive Vice President of Development

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Connie Staudinger

Executive Vice President of Development
cstaudinger@hdproperties

Prior to joining CHA, Ms.  Staudinger was employed at the Alexandria (VA) Redevelopment & Housing Authority (ARHA) where she was Chief Operating Officer of the affiliate development corporation, Virginia Housing Development, LLC.  In her position she was responsible for the acquisition, planning, design and implementation of all affordable housing development projects.   During her 18-year tenure, she developed $120 million in real estate projects, attracting $60 million in equity and $15 million in grant funding. She was a pioneer in the first generation of affordable housing mixed-finance deals and successfully orchestrated one of the first tax credit funded community buyouts in the nation. As the senior development staff person at ARHA, Ms. Staudinger was instrumental in the creation and implementation of innovative public-private partnerships and in ARHA’s recognition by the state housing finance agency as an Experienced Tax Credit Developer. The projects developed under her leadership have received multiple national, state, and industry awards.  Ms. Staudinger also represented the affordable housing community by serving as the President of the Virginia Association of Community & Housing Officials.  Prior to her employment at ARHA, Ms. Staudinger worked for various architectural firms and private developers in positions related to preserving and building new affordable housing projects.

Ms.  Staudinger is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.   She has earned an MBA and has completed all coursework for a doctoral degree in International Business with a Finance Specialty.  She holds a Class A General Contractor’s license and has been certified as a Housing Finance Development Professional.

 

Sandra Pizarro

Executive Vice President of Talent Operations

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Sandra Pizarro

Executive Vice President of Talent Operations
spizarro@cha-nc.org

For over 15 years, Sandy Pizarro has been dedicated to effectively leading all functions of human capital and ensuring organizational capacity to meet challenging business needs and maintain a leadership position in the community. Sandy works collaboratively to provide guidance on infrastructure and revitalization, benefits and compensation, performance management and strategic workforce planning. She has been recognized for her solid business acumen and her “bridge building” ability to bring disparate entities together into a unified and productive work team, always fostering an environment that supports the organization’s mission and vision. Sandy earned her B.S. Magna cum Laude in Business Administration at the City University of New York and her MBA at St. John’s University and a host of certifications.  Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Sandy lives in Charlotte,  NC with her husband and their two daughters.

Related Downloads

2017 Annual Operating Budget-Draft

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FY16 Moving Forward Annual Plan and Appendices

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2016 CHA Annual Budget

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2017 Moving Forward Annual Plan Summary

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Economic Impacts of the Charlotte Housing Authority (2009-2014)

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Key Contacts

Shaunté Evans

Executive Vice President of Administrative Operations

sevans@cha-nc.org

(704) 336-5228

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