President and CEO

 Kelvin A. Jeremiah, M.A., M.P.A.

Kelvin Jeremiah


Mr. Jeremiah was named President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority on March 14, 2013 after serving as the HUD-appointed Administrative Receiver and the Interim Executive Director since June 2012. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the 4th largest housing authority in the country. During his tenure, PHA successfully completed a Recovery Plan to address deficiencies in operations and governance, which resulted in the agency returning to local control in April 2013.

Mr. Jeremiah, a 15-year housing veteran, originally came to PHA as the agency's first-ever Director of Audit and Compliance in August 2011. In that role, he developed and implemented policies and procedures that ended a culture of splurge and rooted out waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

Some of his major initiatives as President & CEO include relaunching an improved Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program for residents and expanding the PHA Police Department for the first time in over a decade to address safety and security issues. Under his leadership, PHA is increasing the number of affordable housing units in the City of Philadelphia by partnering with public and private organizations to develop 6,000 affordable housing units over five years. Additionally, Mr. Jeremiah has also significantly increased the use of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers by over 2,000 new units.  

Mr. Jeremiah formerly served as Inspector General for the New York City Housing Authority, the nation's largest housing authority with a portfolio of 178,000 units housing over 450,000 residents and a Housing Choice Voucher Program with nearly 100,000 participating families and an operating budget of over $3.5 billion.

Mr. Jeremiah emigrated from Grenada to the United States as a teenager. He received a Bachelor's degree in History/Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Arts in American Social History from Rutgers University, and a Master of Public Administration from American International College. Mr. Jeremiah is a Certified Public Purchasing Official, a Certified Public Housing Management Specialist, and is a member of the Association of Inspectors General. He is a member of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity Oversight Board.