Deborah Goddard has thirty years of experience in community development, real estate development and law. Prior to joining NYCHA, Deborah served as the Managing Director for Policy & Program Development at MassHousing, where she led the agency’s efforts to develop policies and programs that advanced its mission of financing and sustaining affordable housing. Before joining MassHousing, Deborah served as General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. In this role, in addition to overseeing all legal matters relating to the agency, Deborah served as a senior policy advisor for Massachusetts’ housing and community development programs and took the lead in key initiatives including housing preservation legislation, comprehensive fair housing policy, and the overhaul of the regulatory infrastructure of Commonwealth’s affordable housing zoning law.
Earlier experience includes serving as Director of Community Development Planning for Urban Edge, a Boston-based community development corporation, as well as seven years at the Boston Housing Authority. At the BHA, Deborah served as Director of Capital Construction and was responsible for the planning, design and construction activities related to the federal and state public housing capital programs. Subsequently, as Director of Real Estate Development, she was responsible for strategic planning and implementation of development projects for the BHA’s state and federal portfolios. Deborah also worked for the City of Boston's community development agency for eight years, initially as counsel and later as the director of housing and commercial development programs.
In recognition of her contributions to public service, Deborah received the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award in 2005 and the 2009 Suzanne King Public Service Award from New England Women in Real Estate. Deborah was a 2003 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.