It is a great honor and privilege to be elected as NCDA president by my colleagues. NCDA in its 43 years has continued to serve as the premier national group to support local governments and policy makers on critical federal housing and community development programs. I am extremely fortunate to work with an incredibly dedicated board of directors, an outstanding executive committee and our tremendous executive director, Vicki Watson. I pledge my dedicated support to our members and will strive to advocate for continued excellence, preservation and enhancement of critical funding and service to our members.
The strength of our organization has always been and remains our dedicated membership, comprised of a wide variety of diversified backgrounds and individual expertise. We have seen the membership grow substantially over the past year, as showcased with a record number of attendees at our 2017 Annual Meeting in Miami.
To ensure our continued success, it is vitally important that we, as an organization, continue to build new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships that have been developed over the years. I encourage our membership to remain actively involved in organizational activities and carry out the strategic plan and mission. I encourage you to join us to make the difference. We must work together to encourage each individual member to have a continued voice in the future of our organization.
We currently find ourselves in challenging fiscal times, facing some difficult budget cuts and proposed reductions at the federal level. I remain very optimistic that the critical federal programs that we all oversee are valued as such that they will continue. Our collective efforts are needed to support the needs of our communities. Through the strength of our organizational leadership and our membership, support will continue for the families that we serve.
I look forward to working with the executive committee and staff in the coming year and will strive to carry out the exemplary work of our past presidents. I pledge to honor the great tradition of this organization and look forward to leading NCDA into future success.
Patrick Sullivan (New Bedford, MA)