Priya Jayachandran joined the National Housing Trust (NHT) as president in early 2018. In her role, she also serves as President of the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund (NHTCDF) and NHT Communities.
Priya leads the Trust’s engagement efforts in preservation policy, affordable housing development, lending and multifamily energy efficiency and sustainability through a ‘balanced approach’ to fair housing. Under Priya’s leadership, the trust is committed to protecting, improving and maintaining existing affordable housing, while also establishing new affordable housing communities in quality neighborhoods with access to opportunities.
Priya came to NHT from Volunteers of America, where she served as the Senior Vice President of Affordable Housing Development. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs.
Spending more than 15 years in community development real estate banking in New York and Washington, DC, Priya is a recognized industry expert on affordable finance deal structuring. Priya earned her B.A. from the University of California and her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.