New mayoral appointments at the Ministry of Community Development
Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin announced a new appointment at the Department of Community Development. “This group of servant leaders has the experience and passion for advocacy that will serve our residents and communities well,” said Mayor Woodfin.
The Department of Community Development administers the city’s housing and urban development grants, applies relevant grants, conducts plan implementation, strategic community and neighborhood assessments, community outreach, and the application of the code.
What follows appointment start April 1.
Chris Hatcher, Recovery Czar/Chief Community Planner
- Most recently, Hatcher served as Acting Director of Community Development for the City of Birmingham, where he promoted effective housing and community development strategies focusing on access, affordability and investment in housing. and quality public services. He was also Deputy Director of Planning, Urban Design and Catchment Management in the City of Birmingham’s Planning, Engineering and Permitting Department. Hatcher holds a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Alabama A&M University, and the Professional Planner designation from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). ).
Dr. Meghan V. Thomas, Director of Community Development
- Dr. Meghan Venable Thomas previously served as Senior Program Manager at Enterprise Community Partners, where she helped community development organizations across the country integrate creative, community-centered processes for equitable outcomes in housing affordable. With her doctorate in public health from Harvard University and more than 15 years of military service, her background and training are grounded in improving health equity in the built environment, design strategies community, tools to advance healing justice and implementing strategies, creating programs, and leadership teams. Meghan also holds a master’s degree in public health management from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy.
Adrienne Stitt, Director of Grants Division
- Adrienne is a veteran of over 20 years with Birmingham City. She has served the Department of Community Development in several roles, from planner to community development specialist to grants administrator and most recently as assistant director. Stitt also worked as a planner for the City of Birmingham’s Planning, Engineering and Permits Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University’s Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies and their master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning. As a graduate student, she was honored to serve as a HUD Fellow.
Cory Stallworth, Senior Assistant Director of Community Development
- Stallworth most recently served as Deputy Director of Housing Programs for the City of Birmingham, where he led the city’s housing initiatives, including allocating its HUD housing development grants, managing the city’s housing plan city and by cultivating public-private partnerships. He has managed complex developments using low income housing tax credits and a variety of HUD funding programs. Stallworth was also Vice President of Property Development and Capital Improvement for Birmingham District Housing Authority. He received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Auburn University and a Master of Engineering in Construction Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Wendy Hicks, Assistant Director of Community Development
- Hicks worked with the City of Birmingham’s Community Development Department as a Grants Administrator and Senior Administrative Analyst, where she was responsible for the administration and implementation of Right to Community Development programs and the city housing funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and other associated grant programs and special projects. She also served as a project manager for the Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Hicks has more than 25 years of experience serving as the Southeast Regional Executive Director for a homeless veterans program and as the executive director of two Alabama nonprofits. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University’s bachelor’s degree program in sociology/social work as well as their master’s degree program in public administration. She specializes in nonprofit/government management and public policy analysis.