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Dan Henson is President of The Henson Development Company, Inc., (THC) a Baltimore-based real estate developer of affordable housing and communities of choice. Immediately prior to founding THC, from 1993 until December 1999, he held the dual positions of Commissioner of Housing and Community Development and Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. He developed and implemented a plan to redevelop Baltimore’s most distressed public housing. As part of the plan, Baltimore successfully competed for six HUD HOPE VI implementation grants totaling $172 Million. Those grants leveraged additional public and private investment of over $400 Million, including $65 Million from the State of Maryland and $35 Million from the City, and stimulated significant economic investment in surrounding communities.
Since returning to the private sector, Henson led teams that produced winning HOPE VI applications for East Capitol Dwellings (now Capitol Gateway) and Eastgate Homes (now Glenncrest) in Washington, D.C. and Riverview Terrace/Tom Dyer Homes (now The Oaks at Riverview) in Tampa, Florida.
Dan currently is Chairman of the Board of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing, Chair Emeritus of the Board of Overseers of the Baltimore School for the Arts and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland College Park, School. He also served as the HUD appointed Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of New Orleans in 2001.