Exclusive: Housing nonprofit backed by JBG Smith, Federal City Council names its executive director

With Amazon.com Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) expansion into the region, concerns regarding the availability of affordable housing have hit a fever pitch.

Enter Kimberly Driggins, a onetime employee of D.C.’s Office of Planning who is making her return to the region to help find solutions to the lack of affordability problems as the new executive director of the Washington Housing Conservancy, effective Oct. 14.

She’ll succeed interim executive director Kevin Clinton, who also serves as chief operating officer of the Federal City Council. Clinton will remain on the WHC board.

Driggins, who will depart her current position as director of strategic planning/arts and culture of the city of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department, will head the new nonprofit organization whose mission is to maintain the long-term affordability of 3,000 housing units for renters earning an average of 60% of the area median income.

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Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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