Charter Oak Communities has named Natalie Coard as its new executive director
Charter Oak Communities (COC) has named Natalie Coard as its new executive director, effective June 2017. As executive director, she will lead the Affordable Housing, Property Management, Facilities, Resident Services and Housing Choice Voucher sectors of COC's operations portfolio. In this role, Coard will be supported by COC's corporate services function which includes human resources, finance, information technology, risk-management support and administrative services. She will report to Vincent J. Tufo, chief executive officer, and the COC Board of Commissioners.
Coard began her career with COC as a young intern and formally joined the organization in 1994. Over the next 22 years, she worked in a wide range of positions, gaining experience in COC’s Leasing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Property Management, Procurement, and Maintenance departments. She currently serves as Director of Properties and Facilities Management.
“Natalie has successfully undertaken many complex initiatives that have strengthened both the COC organization and the Stamford community,” said Tufo. “While we celebrate this promotion, we also commend Natalie for her integral role in COC's transformation from a traditional public housing authority to a mission-driven, hybrid organization that many have deemed ‘best in class.’ As part of COC's senior leadership team,” Tufo added, “she will have a key role in guiding our path to a sustainable future. We’re proud of her achievements, and delighted to see her assume this critical role.”
In addition to its operating functions, Charter Oak Communities is a developer of high quality, mixed-income communities, having revitalized 80% of its original portfolio within the past two decades. This work has grown to include large-scale community development and mixed-use real estate services. COC is also filling a key role in the Stamford community, spurring multi-sector partnerships to help address some of the city’s persistent socioeconomic challenges such as the educational achievement gap, chronic health conditions, food insecurity and youth violence. Its work within the Vita Health and Wellness, Stamford Cradle to Career, Fairgate Farm and Stamford Invest Health initiatives speaks to these efforts.