Top Virginia Housing Post Goes to UMW Alum

Erik Johnston ’03

Erik Johnston ’03

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has named Erik Johnston ’03 director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), which aims to create affordable and prosperous communities in which to live, work, and do business. Johnston’s previous post was chief deputy of DHCD.

Johnston studied political science and international affairs at Mary Washington, earning the Colgate Darden Award for achieving the highest grade-point average in his class. Johnston earned a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech.

His expertise includes transportation, economic development, housing, and community development.

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