Chief Executive Officer
Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer and Safety Director:
Jeffery K. Patterson was appointed to Chief Executive Officer by the CMHA Board of Commissioners in March of 2012 after serving as CMHA's Interim CEO and Chief of Staff and Operations. He has over 30 years of dedicated service to the residents of Cuyahoga County. As CEO of one of the 10 largest housing authorities in the country, he is responsible for a $230 million dollar budget, approximately 700 employees, 10,500 units of housing, 15,500 housing choice vouchers and over 55,000 residents and participants of CMHA's Low Income Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Programs.
CEO Patterson directs CMHA's efforts to be the leader in providing safe, affordable housing for low-income residents of Cuyahoga County, while striving to use innovative, sustainable practices and techniques to serve the residents of CMHA. Under CEO Patterson’s Leadership, CMHA is implementing an aggressive asset recapitalization and repositioning strategy that will lead to the creation and improvement of affordable housing for the residents of Cuyahoga County. In doing so, CMHA is focusing on fostering neighborhood improvements in the community, resident self-sufficiency, housing mobility opportunities and striving to close the digital divide creating opportunities for CMHA residents to receive high-speed internet access in their homes.
Before being named Chief of Staff and Operations, CEO Patterson served as Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Human Resource Management and Director of Human Resources. Prior to 2002 when he joined CMHA, Mr. Patterson worked 13 years for the City of Cleveland starting as an intern in the Office of Mayor George V. Voinovich. He subsequently worked his way up through City government ultimately being appointed by Mayor Michael R. White, to the cabinet level position of Director of Personnel and Human Resources.
CEO Patterson possesses a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Mount Union College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College.
CEO Patterson serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Large Public Housing Authorities, President; Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Chairman; The Housing Authority Insurance Group; Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Vice-Chairman, St. Luke’s Foundation; United Way of Greater Cleveland; Greater Cleveland Foodbank; Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Unify Labs Inc.; the Cleveland Public Library Foundation; and the National Kidney Foundation.
CEO Patterson was selected one of the Cleveland 500, Cleveland NAACP’s Unsung Hero, Smart Business Magazine’s Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year, winner of Ohio City Incorporated, Presidential Award, the Campus District’s Visionary Award, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Development Award, LEDI International Life Changers Award and acknowledged by Who’s Who in Black Cleveland. In addition, CEO Patterson is a proud member of Leadership Cleveland’s Class of 2010, Leadership Ohio Class of 2020 and the Thomas and Joann Adler Civic Leaders Israel Mission group of 2019.