CHA is governed by its five-member Board of Commissioners, one of whom is a housing authority resident. One member is appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts. The remaining four Commissioners are appointed by the Cambridge City Manager and confirmed by the Cambridge City Council.
The five-member CHA Board oversees the Agency's overall direction. Board members approve all significant contract awards, budget decisions, formal submissions to state and federal funding agencies, planning and reporting documents, all major policy decisions and many other important matters.
CHA’s Board of Commissioners meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Agendas are generally published online on the Friday before each meeting. Board meetings are generally held in the Board Room of CHA’s Central Office at 362 Green Street.
Gerard J. Clark
A professor of law at Suffolk Law School, Mr. Clark has been on the Board since 1974. As a lawyer for the Boston citywide tenants association, he helped supervise five years of receivership at the Boston Housing Authority. He writes frequent articles on housing, constitutional law and ethics, is Chair of the CHA Conference Panel, an applicant appeals forum and has been diligent in efforts around affirmative action.
Mr. Pini joined the Board of Commissioners in January 2010. He is the Legislative Director of the Massachusetts Laborers' District Council of the Laborers' International Union of North America, AFL-CIO. Mr. Pini has served as an inspector for the City of Cambridge Inspectional Services Department. More recently he negotiated with CHA on behalf of Laborers Local 367 representing CHA's blue-collar staff.
Victoria Bergland joined CHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2013. She also serves on the Board of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT), the Board of the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC) and is a member of CHA’s Technical Assistance Committee (TAC). A longtime Cambridge resident, Ms. Bergland is dedicated to connecting CHA’s community with resources and a thorough understanding of the practices and policies that affect their daily lives.<
Susan Connelly joined CHA’s Board in February 2014. Ms. Connelly is the Director of Community Housing Initiatives at Massachusetts Housing Partnership where she is responsible for overseeing MHP's support of municipalities, community-based non-profits, and public housing authorities, in their efforts to build and maintain affordable housing. Ms. Connelly is a long-time Cambridge resident and the mother of two children, who attend Cambridge Public Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont.
The Board of Commissioners can be reached by email or regular mail:
Cambridge Housing Authority – Board of Commissioners
362 Green Street, 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02139