Arlington County has selected Anne Venezia to be the County’s new Housing Director.
“This is a pivotal moment for housing in Arlington on a number of fronts,” said County Manager Mark Schwartz, “We are facing a housing shortage, rising housing costs, and now the newly-emerging repercussions of a pandemic. Anne’s passion for this work, leadership skills, and well-rounded experience here in Arlington make her the ideal candidate to successfully reach our lofty housing goals.”
Ms. Venezia brings more than 20 years of experience in housing policy and finance. Combined with her deep knowledge of Arlington and strong interpersonal skills, she was the top candidate in a national search. In her new role, Ms. Venezia will direct the Housing Division’s portfolio of financial and development programs and services.
She most recently served six months as the Acting Housing Director and was the Housing Finance Manager for four years prior. Venezia joined Arlington County in 2008 and gained experience delivering strategic financial planning, asset management, multifamily development and acquisitions, and housing policy oversight.
Moving forward, Ms. Venezia will take on ambitious goals to create and preserve affordable housing using both policy and financial tools. She will oversee the County’s investments including those made possible by the Affordable Housing Investment Fund which is proposed to include $16 million in additional funding as part of the County Manager’s FY21 Budget.
“I look forward to working with the County’s talented staff and dedicated community partners in this new capacity,” said Ms. Venezia, “I aim to leverage strategic initiatives such as Housing Arlington to bring more housing opportunities to all Arlingtonians.”
Ms. Venezia earned a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and both a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She lives in Arlington with her husband and two children.