Deidre Lal Schmidt (LF ’08) is poised to become the head in October of CommonBond Communities, one of the top 50 affordable housing developers in the nation. She will be the 3rd CEO in the organization’s 43 years.
Schmidt brings over 20 years of experience in affordable housing on a global scale with emphasis on increasing quality, access and affordability of housing for people around the world. Her career includes leadership roles with Brighton Development Corporation, the National Equity Fund, Artspace and the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston. She is a lecturer on housing and urbanization at the Harvard GSD and in her most recent role as principal of One Roof Global Consulting, has helped global entities develop policies and strategies regarding housing development and management, rental subsidies, urban planning, and risk assessment.
Schmidt looks forward to guiding CommonBond through the next phase of its growth and leadership. “I’ve watched, and even formally studied, CommonBond my whole career. In my view, the organization has never been stronger and better positioned for the changes and challenges ahead.”