Board of Commissioners

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin is governed by five board members appointed by the mayor of the City of Austin. The board charts the direction of the agency, advocates for local assisted housing programs, ensures fiscal management, and adopts policies to govern the housing authority.

Board Members

Carl S. Richie Jr., Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Carl S. Richie, Jr.

richie photo.JPGCarl worked at three major Texas-based law firms, achieving the status of partner before starting his own firm. He has managed large and small external legislative teams for governmental and quasi-governmental clients, corporations and trade associations on a wide range of public policy issues.

Carl is considered among Texas’ top power lobbyists.Capitol Inside recently ranked him as the 23rd top Hired Gun lobbyist. In its 2009 and 2011 lobby power rankings, the publication ranked Richie second and fourth respectively in the “Corporate In-House Lobbyists” category as the lead lobbyist for energy giant TXU Energy.  He also ranked in the top five in 2003 and 2005 as a lobbyist with the law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP.

Most recently, he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for TXU Energy. He managed the company’s state legislative and regulatory advocacy team and external consultants. Additionally, he managed TXU Energy’s employee-based political action committee and its associated activities.
Carl has extensive legislative experience. He’s worked at all three levels of government – local, state and federal.

He began his legislative career serving as a Fellow to a member of the United States Congress. Following that, he served as a leading staffer to a member of the Houston City Council. Carl went on to serve as a legislative assistant for two state senators. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Texas Governor Ann W. Richards. While serving in the Governor’s office, he led the Governor’s Ethics Task Force, which established the creation of the Texas Ethics Commission. He later served as the agency’s Acting Director.

Carl is a skilled administrative litigator. He has extensive experience representing clients in numerous areas of the electric industry, including competitive retail providers, independent power producers, power marketers, utilities, municipal utilities, and consumers. He has participated in a wide array of contested and negotiated proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies.
In March 1991, Carl was named “A Rising Star” in American politics by Campaigns & Elections magazine. Additionally, he was selected to the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship and was elected President of the 1993 Henry Toll Fellowship Class.

In 2005, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce named him “Volunteer of the Year” for his work in Education and Workforce Development and for Governmental Relations. Carl was also recognized as one of 2007’s Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White and honored with the Healthcare Heroes Award by the Austin Business Journal.

Currently, Carl serves as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. He has earned the highest awards given to public housing commissioners, including the Elizabeth B. Wells Memorial Award by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), the Commissioner’s Public Service Award from the Southwest Regional Council of NAHRO and twice as Commissioner of the Year Award by the Texas Chapter of NAHRO. 

Charles C. Bailey, EsquireCharles C. Bailey, Attorney, Law Offices of Charles C. Bailey

Bailey.jpgCharles C. “Chuck” Bailey has been involved in government law for over thirty years. After receiving his law degree in 1974 from the University of Houston, he served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Lubbock where he tried close to one hundred jury trials in three years and was appointed Felony Chief. In 1978 he moved to Austin to serve as Assistant General Counsel, then as General Counsel at the Texas Department of Public Safety. In 1981 he joined Governor Bill Clements' legal office as Assistant General Counsel where he helped pass portions of the Governor's legislative package.

After a tour as Special Assistant for Elections for the Texas Secretary of State, he was hired by the State Comptroller's office where he served in a number of capacities including Chief Administrative Law Judge and Deputy Comptroller for Legal Affairs and Tax Policy.

In 1993 Lt. Governor Bob Bullock asked Mr. Bailey to leave private practice to become General Counsel and Chief of Staff. While working for the Lt. Governor, Mr. Bailey worked closely with the Senators and the State leadership on a great number of issues.

Since late 1995, Mr. Bailey has maintained his own law office. He has served on a number of boards, both corporate and non-profit and serves as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. His first book, Texas Political Memorabilia was published by U.T. Press in 2007.

Edwina Carrington, Retired/Former State Agency Director
Carrington_Edwina.jpgEdwina Carrington has more the 28 years of progressively responsible experience in leadership and executive level positions in the public and private sectors including housing finance agencies, state and local governments, asset management companies, foundations, equity providers, and most recently as the office managing partner of the Austin office of Reznick Group (now CohnReznick), a national accounting and tax advisory firm. Ms. Carrington opened the Austin office in April 2006 as the office managing partner and was responsible for growing the office to profitability in four years of full operations. Ms. Carrington is currently the president of CHK Enterprises, LLC.

Prior to joining Reznick Group, Ms. Carrington served as the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (THDCA) where she oversaw the operations of a state agency administering over $700M in federal and state funds with a tax exempt bond portfolio of $1.5B. She is credited with turning around the operations of TDHCA and securing an 8 year extension from the Texas Legislature for the agency by creating an atmosphere of accountability, fairness, and transparency. She held position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Housing Finance Corporation, an affordable housing syndicator, and as the Director of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation for the City of Austin.

Ms. Carrington's board experience includes the Bank One and JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Boards, the Fannie Mae Housing Impact Advisory Board, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Community Advisory Board. She is the immediate past chair of the Austin Community College Foundation Board of Directors, Chair of the Texas State Affordable Housing Foundations Fund, past president of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, and a member of the Housing and Community Development Council for the Austin Chapter of the Urban Land Institute. She previously served on the boards of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, the National Association of State and Local Equity Funds, serving as president, the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, the City of Austin Arts Commission, and as a founding member of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers.

Ms. Carrington's employment and board experience have provided extensive experience in serving on and chairing committees, and utilizing her skills in the areas of corporate governance, organizational development, strategic planning, risk management, policies and procedures, systems management, internal controls, organizational effectiveness, succession planning, sound financial management, and executive compensation. Ms. Carrington is a graduate of Leadership Texas, was honored at the 2012 Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Provider's conference with the Jean MacDonald Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding woman in the affordable housing industry, was named an Outstanding Woman in Texas Government in Management, Commissioned by Texas Governor Rick Perry as a Yellow Rose of Texas, and named a Central Texas Woman of Influence by the Austin Business Journal. She has a BS in History and Secondary Education and Master's Degree in Public Administration.
Dr. Tyra Duncan-Hall, Retired/Former Austin Community College Provost
Bio forthcoming
Isaac Robinson, Resident Commissioner
Bio forthcoming

Board Meeting Dates and Locations

The annual and regular Board meetings are generally scheduled on the third Thursday of each month to be held at the Central Office or at various housing development sites. The March and October meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday. The Board of Commissioners may reschedule a meeting date/time to ensure a quorum is met or to address an urgent matter on an “as needed basis." All meetings start at noon.

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