Mayor Greg Fischer today named Lisa Osanka as the Interim Director of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA).
“Our Metro Housing Authority is a national leader in neighborhood revitalization and housing development,” the Mayor said. “Lisa brings an activist’s passion and expertise in community engagement that will enhance an already remarkable team. We appreciate her commitment to the city and its residents.”
Osanka currently serves as the Director of Leased Housing for LMHA and has more than 26 years of experience in housing and community development
As the Interim Director, Osanka will partner with staff and LMHA’s Board of Directors to carry out the current and future goals of the agency, including the $30 million HUD CHOICE Neighborhoods grant for the revitalization of the Russell neighborhood.
“At the early age of 14, I learned that not every child had a safe place to call home and since then, I have committed myself to securing affordable housing for all,” said Osanka. “I appreciate the support of Mayor Fischer in appointing me, and I welcome the continued opportunity to serve the Louisville Metro community, especially the over 14,000 families we at LMHA serve every day.”
Prior to joining LMHA, Osanka held positions at Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Washington D.C., Louisville Tenants Association, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Habitat for Humanity International.
Osanka earned her Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Valparaiso University.
Osanka replaces long-time LMHA Director Tim Barry, who is retiring in the spring. She will begin her new role April 21.