Ron Carter

 Mr. Ronald Carter Jr. has a rich history in public and private affordable housing, economic development, construction, property management, and rehabilitative services. He  graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant (Lt.) of the U. S. Army as a Finance Officer. Lt. Carter enjoyed a brief career as a player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). While playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets, Mr. Carter earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Thereafter, Mr. Carter became an executive with the Mariani Buss Associates (MBA), the parent company of the Los Angeles Lakers. He developed and managed thousands of residential and commercial properties in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Mr. Carter was later contracted as a Vice President of Professional Properties Inc., a company that manages thousands of HUD Subsidized housing units in California, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, and New Jersey. Mr. Carter eventually acted as a Senior Public Service Administrator with the Housing Authority City of Los Angeles.

As a result of the Northridge earthquake, Mr. Carter was assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and provided replenishment housing and human services for in excess of 800 families homes whose homes were destroyed. Mr. Carter then acted as the Director of Strategic Planning and Senior Policy Advisor for the Illinois Department of Human Services, provisioning oversight and leadership for 19,000 IDHS employees who provided developmental disability/rehabilitative services, human capital development, mental health, community and family services, and technical assistance for needy families. He subsequently served at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) headquarters as a Government Technical Representative. Under the Clinton Administration, Mr. Carter was responsible for the Chicago Housing Authority Distressed Agency Federal Recovery Team, whose portfolio consisted of 56,000 public housing units and more than 125,000 public housing residents. Mr. Carter went on to launch the Resident Employment Development Initiative program, the Resident Owned Business Organization, and the Step-up Trade Skill training program. As the Executive Director of the Chicago Empowerment Zone, Mr. Carter managed an estimated $147 million dollars in state and federal funding designated for affordable housing and commercial development.

Mr. Carter has spent his career building collaborative partnerships between housing authorities, property development firms, and technical consulting service firms for small minority businesses and the under served. A distinguished leader in his field, he was a recipient of the White House Visionary Leadership Award, the U. S. Department of Housing and Yale University Renaissance Award, and the Seven National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organization Award.

Ron lives with his wife in the Avalon Park neighborhood and is the proud father of 4 adult children.

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