Role Model

Terri B. North

President and CEO, Providence Community Housing

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

As a lifelong New Orleans resident and President and CEO of Providence Community Housing, Terri North lives out her love of the Crescent City by ensuring that others have the opportunity to call it home. Leading the preservation and development of affordable housing, Providence literally opens doors for residents, maximizing their quality of life.

Under Terri’s leadership, the organization has assisted more than 600 individuals and families in realizing the dream of homeownership, and has developed more than 2,100 homes and apartments in the Greater New Orleans region since 2006. By supporting place-based initiatives through the development of housing that is affordable and accessible, Providence provides an anchor for families to live in supportive communities without fear of losing their homes and way of life.

Terri’s commitment to the region is recognized through her vision of community development. She believes that diversity is the fabric of strong and vibrant communities. Since becoming CEO of Providence Community Housing, Terri has provided leadership and guidance in the development of incubator strategies for start up organizations focused on housing and community development, many of which have become impactful nonprofits. In 2011, Terri directed efforts to make Providence a chartered member of NeighborWorks America.

A graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in finance, Terri is a select member of the eighth class of NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is the Vice Chair of the Enterprise Community Leadership Council and Vice President of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers Board of Directors. Terri is also a member of Louisiana Housing Corporation’s Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of Chateau de Notre Dame Healthcare, and the Local Advisory Board for the Urban Land Institute Louisiana.

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