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Deb H.

Executive Director
Brooklyn, NY, USA


I am the Executive Director of the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC). I began my career in community development as a VISTA Volunteer in Chicago at Voice of the People in the early 1970s after graduating from Knox College in Urban Studies. Since coming to PACC in 1990 I have held positions in three departments: Community Consultant working with tenants, landlords and small homeowners; a certified Homeowner Counselor specializing in foreclosure prevention and then Director of Homeowner Services; and Housing Director, managing PACC’s affordable housing projects. So when I was promoted to Executive Director in 2004, I brought a deep understanding of our community’s housing needs to the position, as well as a clear view of PACC’s ability to respond to those needs. We've grown a lot in the past 10 years, and now I oversee a staff of 75 and a budget of $8.3 million.

I also serve on the boards of the Association of Neighborhood Housing Development, South Brooklyn Legal Services and the FAB Alliance; I’m on the Executive Committee of the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant and steering committee of Brooklyn Speaks. I have served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Neighborhood Initiatives Advisory Panel as Chair of the Small Buildings Committee and the steering committee of New Yorkers for Responsible Lending and board member of the Citywide Taskforce on housing Court.