New MAHA director will start in January

Symone Crawford

Symone Crawford has been named the next executive director of the Mass Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA), the Dorchester-based organization focused on home ownership.

Crawford, whose starting date is Jan. 1, succeeds Tom Callahan, who stepped down after a long tenure as director earlier this year.

Currently an executive with MAHA, Crawford had previously been a member of the organization’s board of directors for 11 years. With this appointment, she will be one of the first women of color to lead a statewide nonprofit housing organization in Massachusetts.

“I’m humbled by the chance to continue to break down the barriers facing lower income homebuyers, especially homebuyers of color,” said Crawford. “MAHA has always worked to narrow the racial homeownership gap and now is the time for everyone to redouble our efforts to make serious progress in Boston and throughout the state.”

Crawford grew up in Jamaica and came to Boston in 1999.

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