McAdoo named to Foundation board

Published 9:54 pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

Clarissa E. McAdoo has been named the Obici Healthcare Foundation’s newest board member, according to Foundation officials.

McAdoo was elected by the Foundation’s 12-member board of directors. Board members are responsible for the strategic direction, oversight and control of the Foundation.

She replaces Robert Hayes, who retired in 2001 as vice president of Dominion Resources. Hayes has been designated a board member emeritus.

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McAdoo is the executive director of the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, which works to provide affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income citizens of Suffolk. Her 1996 appointment as the executive director made her the first African-American to hold the post in SRHA’s 39-year history.

In her position, she is responsible for the administration of all authority affairs, including management of five public housing communities, rental assistance programs, intermediary care for the mentally challenged, rehabilitation programs and new construction projects.

She is also the agency’s administrator for tax-exempt bond initiatives statewide and its lead strategist in neighborhood revitalization efforts, including the establishment of redevelopment and conservation project area plans.

McAdoo has been honored as the Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. She has earned the Athena Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Awards from the Nansemond/Suffolk Branch of the NAACP and Girls Inc. of Southwest Virginia; and the Women of Distinction Award — Government Category from the YWCA South Hampton Roads.

She is a board member to the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board (Opportunity, Inc.), where she represents the Redevelopment and Housing authorities of the entire Hampton Roads region. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Opportunity, Inc. Ad Hoc Reconsideration Committee.

McAdoo is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Public Housing Authority Directors Association, the Virginia Downtown Development Association, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Conference of Minority Public Administrators, United Way African American Leadership Giving Initiative Executive Board, Co-Chair of the Dress for Success Hampton Roads Executive Board, Norfolk State University School of Sociology Advisory Board and the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community Executive Board.

In 2011, she was appointed to serve on the Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

McAdoo’s community service activities include serving as a member of the East End Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zonta Club of Hampton Roads, Athena Foundation, Still Hope Foundation and other local civic and charitable organizations.