The Metropolitan Department and Housing Agency has confirmed that it has offered the former COO of the Atlanta Housing Authority the position of MDHA executive director.
At present, MDHA is headed by Interim Executive Director Saul Solomon and Deputy Executive Director Jim Thiltgen, the former filling the role since the MDHA Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed him to do so in place of the agency’s fifth Executive Director Jim Harbison, who served in that seat seven years before announcing his resignation in September 2020. Just as unanimously, the board elected to permanently fill the seat with Dr. Troy D. White, who currently serves as director of housing authorities and market segment leader at Aprio.
A veteran of public housing administration, White brings over 25 years of experience — 20 of which have been at multiple housing authorities, including those in Atlanta and Charlotte. At Aprio, he has played a vital role in expanding the company’s Public and Affordable Housing group nationwide. He is also known for having established a host of consulting services aimed at overhauling the finance functions of affordable housing organizations, and he offers them solutions in program compliance, the improvement of their quality of service delivery, operational efficiencies, fiscal health and financial sustainability.
White is touted by some as an expert in not only affordable housing development but also community development, community engagement, compliance, economic development, facilities management, finance, human services and risk management, having managed more than $315 million of funding and supervised over 350 employees.
White earned his public administration doctorate at Capella University, his Finance MBA at the University of Connecticut and his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.
MDHA did not confirm what role Solomon will retain going forward.