Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Tyrone Roderick Williams

Director of Development

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Tyrone Roderick Williams is the Director of Development at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

With an agency budget of $190 million, he provides visionary leadership and directs the affordable housing, community development and project financing activities for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA.org), Sacramento Housing Authority,  Sacramento County Housing authority, the City of Sacramento and Sacramento County.

Mr. Williams is an urban revitalization trailblazer. His development activities have been at the forefront of neighborhood transformation efforts in Boston, Houston and Atlanta. He is an industry leader in organizational development, cross-sector collaborations, strategic planning and project implementation. He has spent the past 25 years successfully leading multi-million dollar, large-scale holistic, comprehensive revitalization initiatives totaling over $700 million.

He is responsible for funding services and directing federal entitlement programs including HOME, CDBG, ESG, HOPWA, and NSP.  He also directs development finance and new initiatives including programs addressing homelessness and Choice Neighborhood public housing redevelopment activities in both the City of Sacramento and Sacramento County.

He also directs fair housing activities and housing policy development and implementation. His department provides financing for the development and preservation of long-term multi-family affordable housing.  In 2017 his office provided over $89 million in multi-family affordable housing financing, including bonds and loans. He also directs first-time homebuyer programs, compliance monitoring of over 1,200 single-family loans and portfolio management of 1,300 loans totaling $321 million.

In addition to his development activities, he is directing the activities of the Sacramento Promise Zone (sacramentopromisezone.org). He coordinates partnerships with over 150 corporate, non-profit, governmental and local organizations to expand services to underserved neighborhoods. He is successfully leading efforts to attract and leverage additional state and federal dollars to enhance the lives of Sacramento residents. The Promise Zone currently has partnerships with 9 federal agencies. To date the Promise Zone collaboration partners have been awarded over $60 million in state and federal funds.

Mr. Williams believes that opening doors for academic advancement for students is paramount to creating thriving communities and economic success. He is a professional speaker, national conference presenter, and media contributor. He is the author of the book Igniting the Power to Succeed – Practical Performance Principles for Achieving Phenomenal Results. The book was featured by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Mr. Williams is a national cross-sector leader. In 2017 he was selected as a Presidio Institute Fellow. The goal of the prestigious leadership program is to acknowledge and expand the capacity of the nation’s prominent inspired executives to solve complex societal challenges that impact housing, education, health, workforce development, and the environment.

In 2018, Mr. Williams was elected Chairman of the California  Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group which advises the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission on how programs can effectively reach and benefit communities burdened by pollution and socio-economic challenges, including rural and tribal communities. Program areas include renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation electrification.

Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Prairie View A&M University, a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PHD from the School of Hard Knocks.