The board of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is getting a new chairman.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tapped former ComEd executive John Hooker on Thursday to replace CHA Board Chairman Chairman Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott. Emanuel appointed Scott to the post in 2011.
Hooker, who is ComEd’s former executive vice president of legislative and external affairs, is set to become the board’s new chairman after its August meeting.
Here’s more background on Hooker via a press release from Emanuel’s office:
Hooker has also served on a number of boards including the Peoples Consumer Cooperative, which provides low-cost housing for the elderly; the Safer Foundation, a non-profit organization helping former offenders build productive lives; Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young people; and The African American Legacy Initiative, a non-profit organization that works to improves the quality of life of the residents of Chicago communities.
“With John Hooker’s long history of civic and community building in Chicago, he will play a crucial role in helping to lead CHA as the agency works to meet the ongoing affordable housing needs for families throughout the city,” Emanuel was quoted as saying in the release.
Among other projects, the CHA is working on its goal of having housing vouchers distributed to over 43,000 applicants by the end of this year.