Housing Program Manager
Tennessee Housing and Development Agency
Bill Lord has over 20 years of management experience in the real estate development and management industry including over 12 years working directly in the affordable housing arena.
Bill currently serves as a Housing Program Manager in the Community Program’s Division of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency where he is responsible for the HOME Investment Partnership and the National Housing Trust Fund federal grant programs for the State of Tennessee. In this capacity Bill oversees two federal grant programs designed to preserve and develop affordable housing. The HOME Program offers homeownership rehabilitation grants and grants to provide homeownership opportunities for low income persons. The National Housing Trust Fund provides funds for the development or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing for persons in the lowest income brackets.
Prior to joining THDA Bill served as the Senior Director of Leasing and Management for a statewide Tennessee residential property management firm where he was responsible for daily operations of the property leasing and management division of a diverse full service property management company.
Bill previously served for approximately 10 years in executive positions at two large public housing authorities serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the Murfreesboro Housing Authority and the Chief Information Officer for the Chattanooga Housing Authority. In those roles he was charged with the oversight and daily operations of the agencies managing both public housing portfolios of over 2500 units as well as section 8 programs providing over 3600 low income housing vouchers. Bill has also overseen procurement and development activities including a 3 million dollar renovation of a large public housing site, a 4 million dollar renovation of a HUD assisted elderly designated multi-family high-rise and two substantial energy conservation renovation contracts. He also had daily oversite of several HUD funded grant programs as well as other programs funded with State and local resources. In Chattanooga Bill was also charged with oversight of IT and all internal and external communications.
Prior to entering the affordable housing industry Bill spent numerous years in Nashville in the entertainment, music and television industry where he last served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Stoney Lonesome Entertainment, LLC.
Bill attended Mercer University and Georgia University where he was the editor in Chief of the weekly campus newspaper The Colonnade. Bill holds a certification as a Government Performance Manager from the Performance Institute in Washington, D.C., is a certified Public Housing Manager and Certified Procurement Manager. He also holds a Tennessee real estate license.
Bill is honorably discharged from the United States Navy where he served in the Navy’s nuclear power program and in the public information office at Great Lakes Naval Station where he created and developed the nationally acclaimed drug and alcohol prevention program “Get High On Yourself America”.
Bill married to Kris and has three children, Aerin, Tyler and Adam.