President and CEO
Eileen Fitzgerald is the President and CEO of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF).
In her role as President and CEO, Ms. Fitzgerald works to identify, develop and advocate for key strategic issues of concern to SAHF and its members, create a level playing field for effective, mission oriented nonprofit businesses and amplify SAHF’s impact to create more sustainable properties and communities and improve the lives of residents.
Ms. Fitzgerald has over 25 years of experience in housing and community development. Prior to joining SAHF in 2014, Ms. Fitzgerald served as CEO and COO of NeighborWorks America. During her tenure, NeighborWorks became a leader in responding to foreclosures, initiating the highly successful National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program and partnering to create the National Community Stabilization Trust. She oversaw more than $1.5 billion in grants and emphasized the importance of a balanced housing policy, substantially growing the rental housing portfolio of the NeighborWorks’ organizations.
Previously, Ms. Fitzgerald served at the Fannie Mae Foundation, as the Acting Executive Director and Vice President of Program Operations at the McAuley Institute, and as the Chief Investment Officer for Single Family at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. She also served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service as the Associate and Acting Administrator.
Ms. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
efitzgerald [at] sahfnet.org