J. Len Williams
President, Columbus Affordable Housing Services, Georgia
Mr. Williams recently retired from public service with over forty-five years of Housing and Community Development experience and served as Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia (HACG) from 2001 to 2020. Prior to Columbus, he worked in Birmingham, Alabama, Savannah, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. His work in Birmingham and Savannah involved the turnaround of deeply troubled housing authorities. His background includes extensive experience in Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Community Planning and Development positions. Areas of expertise include Low Income Housing Tax Credits (4% and 9%), affordable housing finance, housing operations, programs housing the homeless, RAD, Moving to Work, cash management and investment, human resources, labor relations, leadership, governance and strategic planning. Mr. Williams has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Memphis and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM).