Deborah Boatright was appointed as the regional vice president, Northeast Region, NeighborWorks America in April 2011, where she oversaw operations and developed strategic alliances in 11 states from Maine to Maryland, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. She was responsible for the provision of resources and support to 82 affiliated community development organizations, which together comprise 33% of the national NeighborWorks network. Boatright first joined NeighborWorks America in 2006 as the district director for the Northeast District. She was instrumental in forging new partnerships that reached underserved communities throughout the district while assisting its 29 affiliate organizations to sustain capacity and impact during the economic downturn.
Prior to joining NeighborWorks America, Boatright served as an Assistant Commissioner to the Office of Community Development of the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (now NYS Homes and Community Renewal). There, she supervised housing and community development activities of regional offices; oversaw community based housing programs statewide as well as the Housing Trust Fund and Tax Credit Programs. Boatright was responsible for implementing NYC’s breakthrough anti-abandonment housing initiative.
Boatright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Advisory Council. Boatright earned her Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis and Urban Affairs at The New School; and was a Fannie Mae Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.