Chief Executive Officer
Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer and Safety Director: Patterson was appointed to Chief Executive Officer by the CMHA Board of Commissioners in March of 2012 after serving as CMHA's Interim CEO and Chief of Staff and Operations. Patterson has over 24 years of dedicated service to the residents of Cuyahoga County. As CEO of one of the 10 largest housing authorities in the country, he is responsible for a $260 million dollar budget, 1,000 employees, 10,500 units of housing, 15,000 housing choice vouchers, and nearly 55,000 residents and participants of CMHA's Low Income Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. Patterson directs CMHA's efforts to be the leader in providing safe, affordable housing for low income residents of Cuyahoga County, while striving to use innovative sustainable practices and techniques to serve the residents of CMHA.
Before being named Chief of Staff and Operations, Patterson served as Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Human Resource Management and Director of Human Resources. Prior to 2002 when he joined CMHA, Patterson worked 13 years for the City of Cleveland starting as an intern in the Office of Mayor George V. Voinovich. Patterson subsequently worked his way up through City government ultimately being appointed by Mayor Michael R. White, to the cabinet level position of Director of Personnel and Human Resources.
Patterson possesses a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Mount Union College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College.
Patterson serves on the Boards of the Council for Large Public Housing Authorities, Board of Directors, Vice President; Housing Authority Insurance Group, Board of Directors, Board Member; National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Legislative Network Advisory Committee; North Central Regional Council for NAHRO, Board of Directors, Board Member; Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Board of Directors, Board Member; St. Luke’s Foundation, Board of Directors, Board Member; Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Board of Directors, Vice Chairperson; American Heart Association, Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team for the Cleveland Heart Walk; Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Board of Directors, Chair of People, Policies and Procedures Committee, Board Member; Unify Project, Board of Directors, Chair of Governance Committee, Board Member; Campus District, Board of Directors, Vice Chairperson; Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Board of Directors, Board Member; National Initiative Mixed Income Communities, Board of Directors, Board Member; United Way Board of Directors and Chair for the Kidney Walk in 2020.
Patterson has been recognized as part of Leadership Cleveland and "Who's Who in Black Cleveland" and is a recipient of the Campus District’s Visionary Award, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Development Award, Ohio City Inc. Presidential Award and acknowledged by Smart Business Magazine as the Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year. He is married with two children.