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Posted on: June 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] APCHA Announces Executive Director Finalists





Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority Announces Executive Director Finalists
Community Invited to Watch Finalist Presentations during June 23 APCHA Board of Directors Special Meeting

Diane Foster, Assistant City of Aspen Manager and Interim APCHA Director, or 970-309-2927
Denise White, City of Aspen Communications Director, or 970-920-5293
Laura Armstrong, Pitkin County Communications Director, or 970-309-7191

Aspen, Colo. – Friday, June 18, 2021 – The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) is one step closer to naming a new Executive Director. APCHA has selected three finalists in a national search: Jeffrey Arn, Hayden Brodowsky, and Matthew Gillen.

“We started interviewing candidates in April with a focus on finding a highly qualified candidate who is also the right fit for APCHA, the community, and the candidate themself,” said Diane Foster, assistant city manager and interim APCHA director. “We're excited for the APCHA Board, staff, and our community to virtually ‘meet’ these three outstanding candidates and watch their presentations next week.”

Meet the Candidates
The community will have the opportunity to view the finalist presentations to the APCHA Board at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending the event can find the meeting agenda and the “Join Meeting” Zoom link at The agenda and link will be posted on Monday, June 21.

Jeffrey Arn
Jeffrey Arn has served as Executive Director with the Norwich Housing Authority (NHA) in Conn., population 40,493, since 2018. His position includes the implementation of policies and oversight of all ongoing aspects of NHA operations. Arn previously served as Executive Director of Vernon Housing Authority (Conn.) and Facilities Director for the East Hartford Housing Authority (Conn.). 

Hayden Brodowsky
Hayden Brodowsky has served as Development Service Manager for the Town of Little Elm, Texas, population 53,126, since 2019. His position includes managing developmental services like building inspection, code enforcement, engineering, GIS, and planning. Brodowsky previously served as Planning Service Manager and  City Planner/Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Abilene (Texas). 

Matthew Gillen
Matthew Gillen has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State since 1998. His position includes being a diplomat in Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Ireland, and Chile in various program, policy, and management roles. In this role, he also served in policy positions in Washington DC in the bureaus of Consular Affairs, European Affairs, and as an American Political Science Association Fellow in Congress. 

In December 2020, the City of Aspen and Pitkin County engaged GovHR USA, a comprehensive executive recruitment firm, to assist APCHA in searching for an Executive Director. The Executive Director will be tasked with overseeing all housing programs, policies, and personnel of the Housing Authority, including operations management and finance. The candidate will demonstrate the right combination of technical abilities and leadership skills, fit, and vision for the future of affordable housing in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Diane Foster, Assistant City of Aspen Manager, has served as APCHA’s interim Director since August 2020. 

The finalists have been through a robust interview process with the recruiter and staff from APCHA, Pitkin County, and the City of Aspen. City Manager Sara Ott and County Manager Jon Peacock will jointly make the final hiring decision. The new Executive Director is expected to start in August. 

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