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MPHA head Cora McCorvey to retire after 25 years of service

Cora McCorvey

Cora McCorvey

After nearly 40 years of public service including 25 years as executive director/CEO of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), Cora McCorvey announced her plans to retire effective Feb. 10, 2017.

“My decision to retire was difficult. My sense of loss for a position and an Agency that I love and for which I continue to have deep passion is profound” said McCorvey.

“Time and time again over the course of her 40-year career at the City and MPHA, Cora McCorvey showed fierce dedication to public service, the mission of public housing, and especially to our residents,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Her strong leadership transformed MPHA from a once-troubled organization into a high-performing one, a designation the agency has retained for almost 20 years. I thank her for her vision, determination, and passion that all low-income people have a safe, healthy place to live and every equal opportunity to participate in the life of our city. We are all greater for her service.”

Under McCorvey’s leadership, MPHA became a place where thousands of families call home. She is credited with creating one of the most diverse workforces in Minneapolis with more than 50 percent of her staff comprised of people of color. Seven out of the past 10 years, MPHA has been recognized by the National Association of Minority Contractors as Affiliate of the Year.

“Cora McCorvey has given her staff unlimited opportunity to grow and to impact every aspect of the agency. She helped educate and guide the Board to engage in strategic planning and visioning for MPHA’s future; and on a personal note, I am extremely proud that during her tenure Cora created the memory care facility, which housed my father during the last days of his life,” said MPHA board chair, F. Clayton Tyler.

McCorvey acknowledged her gratitude for the work of her staff and expressed special appreciation to those who have served on the MPHA board. She spoke passionately about her relationship with MPHA residents.

“They have always kept me grounded and focused on my purpose in performing the work I have done. It has been a work of committed service and a high honor in responding to the needs of others in our community,” said McCorvey.

A search is underway for a new executive director/CEO.

May 2, 2016
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