At-large City Councilmember Hugh Holston has a new job.
Holston has been named the CEO of the Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC).
Holston has served on the GHC board of directors since 2017 and has been chair of the board since 2022.
As chair of the board of GHC, Holston has already been recused from voting on matters concerning GHC, and now as the CEO Holston will continue to be recused from voting, so that shouldn’t change.
Holston was unanimously selected by the City Council in September 2021 to fill the open seat created when former At-large City Councilmember Michelle Kennedy resigned to accept the position as director of the Greensboro Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development. Holston had to resign as chair of the Greensboro Planning and Zoning Commission before being sworn in as a city councilmember.
Holston won election to a four-year term in the 2021 election, which due to delays caused by the COVID restrictions was held July 26, 2022.
As the CEO of GHC, Holston becomes the third member of the City Council to run a nonprofit that receives major funding from the City of Greensboro. District 3 Councilmember Zack Matheny is president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) and At-large Councilmember Yvonne Johnson is the executive director of One Step Further, which runs the Cure Violence program for the city.
Holston has a long history of involvement in affordable housing. In the early 1990s, as an assistant vice president at Wells Fargo, he collaborated with the Guilford Native American Association and the City of Greensboro to provide affordable home loans and down payment assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers.
In 1994, Holston was a charter member of the Affordable Housing Community Resource board.
In the press release, Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “The city will benefit from Hugh’s knowledge and vast experience on housing services. The City Council will work with GHC to continue our priorities to address the needs of those in need of affordable housing. We congratulate him on this endeavor and look forward to what Hugh will achieve in this role.”