NEWSBRIEF: St. Paul PED department hires new housing director

The City of Saint Paul announced Nov. 14 that Kayla Schuchman, an experienced affordable housing and policy strategist, had been hired as the new housing director in the city’s Planning and Economic Development department. Schuchman will lead the department’s efforts to provide quality housing for all residents of St. Paul.

“We are at a pivotal moment in St. Paul. City leadership and residents view safe, stable and affordable housing as a top priority,” said Dr. Bruce Corrie, director of the Planning and Economic Development department. “Kayla brings a unique mix of professional skills and experience to help us implement effective and meaningful strategies along the continuum of affordable housing policies and programs.”

Schuchman spent nine years implementing affordable housing policy through successive roles at Minnesota Housing, the state’s affordable housing agency. Most recently, she was a project manager for the St. Paul-based affordable housing developer CommonBond Communities, where she structured deals and built community support to develop affordable multifamily projects. She also serves as co-chair of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers Housing Committee, a regional association of community development organizations; and as a board member for Urban Homeworks, a nonprofit that transforms vacant properties into housing.

“I am honored to join the department and begin addressing the critical issue of housing in St. Paul,” said Schuchman. “By using housing as a ladder to empower individuals and families, we can create a stronger community now and in the future.”

Schuchman is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Macalester College, and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in economic and community development from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

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