Tuesday August 14, 2012
Chris Poynter 574-4546 / 396-2015
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726
Mayor Fischer Names Virginia Peck
Director of Community Services and Revitalization
Has 30 years of housing experience
Saying her three decades of leadership in federal housing will serve Louisville well, Mayor Greg Fischer today named Virginia Peck as Director of Community Services and Revitalization.
Peck worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1970 to 2010 and served in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Community Planning and Development for HUD’s Kentucky office.
“Virginia has a rare depth of knowledge — coupled with expertise in federal policy — that will help us transform Community Services and Revitalization into a national model agency that helps our city’s most vulnerable families while helping rebuild neighborhoods,” Fischer said.
The city agency, with 179 full-time employees and a $32 million budget, oversees numerous housing and social services programs from Community Development Block Grants that help rebuild distressed neighborhoods to programs that assist low-income families pay their heating bills.
Peck began her career in Louisville’s HUD office in 1979, helping oversee community planning and development. She was promoted to the Tennessee State office in 1988 and moved to Kentucky’s state office in 2002.
During her career, she helped provide technical assistance to the city of Memphis to help it more quickly and more effectively spend federal grant dollars. Her strategies also helped that city develop its first consolidated plan, a document which outlines how federal housing dollars will be invested in cities.
“I am pleased to be working again with Louisville Metro. The department I have been asked to lead touches the lives of many, if not most, of the citizens,” Peck said. “It promises to be an exciting time ahead.”