Portsmouth Housing Authority Leadership

Board of Commissioner's - Portsmouth Housing Authority
The Portsmouth Housing Authority is administered by a six-member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Portsmouth and ratified by the Portsmouth City Council and serve staggered five-year terms and can be reappointed for additional five-year terms.

Current Commissioners are:
Mrs. Ruth Griffin, Chair
Mrs. Amy Schwartz, Vice Chair
Mr. John Leith, Treasurer
Mr. Tom Ferrini, Commissioner
Mr. Gibson “Mike” Kennedy, Commissioner
Ms. Robin Pickering, Commissioner

PHA Board of Directors PHA Housing Development, Ltd.
The Portsmouth Housing Authority also has an affiliate non-profit organization that is The PHA Housing Development, Limited which develops new and expanded housing. Both Boards are affiliated but operate independently. The Board is comprised of five members; two from the Portsmouth Housing Authority and three members appointed at large. The Portsmouth Housing Authority assigns its members to this Board and the other three members are assigned by the PHA Housing Development limited Board.

Current Members are:
Mr. M. Kevin MacLeod, President
Mr. Gibson "Mike" Kennedy, Director
Mr. Jack Blalock, Director
Mr. John Leith, Director
Mr. Timothy J. Connors, Director

Both Boards have an Executive Director that runs the day-to-day operations of both organizations.


Executive Director

Craig W. Welch

As the Executive Director for the Portsmouth (NH) Housing Authority, Craig oversees 580 owned and managed affordable housing units in the City of Portsmouth, a Housing Choice voucher program that serves more than 400 seniors and families in the region, and a variety of youth services and support programs. 
Prior to joining the Portsmouth Housing Authority, Craig was Vice President for Housing at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, where he managed a $55 million affordable housing portfolio for this nationally recognized Community Development Financial Institution .
Craig was formerly founder, broker and director of Craig Welch Group LLC, a commercial real estate advisory firm specializing in property acquisition for businesses throughout New England. In this role, he helped to develop more than 1,000 new senior housing units in the region. 
Prior to his real estate experience, Craig served in the inaugural class of the AmeriCorps National Service Program, where he developed service-learning programs for the University of New Hampshire and the Portsmouth School District. Craig also served as a policy advisor for New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen and as Chair of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program and represented New Hampshire on the Community Development Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Craig is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and earned his M. Ed in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School.

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The Portsmouth Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Housing Provider and has both conventional and handicapped accessible units. We provide housing without discrimination and we make and allow reasonable accommodations to families and individuals who require them.All Our Housing are Smoke Free for the Health of All.

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