Executive Director / CEO
B.A., New School University, NY
M.S., Urban Affairs and Policy, New School University, NY
Building on more than two decades of experience in housing development and policy, Preston Prince took the helm of the Fresno Housing Authority in 2007, following six years as Executive Director of the Aurora, Colorado Housing Authority. Prince shaped his housing philosophy through his experiences as a housing developer at the Seattle-based nonprofit Common Ground, as development director at the Kitsap County Housing Authority, and as senior housing development program manager with the Seattle Housing Authority.
Prince combines creativity in housing development – based on a strong understanding of both real estate and housing program regulations – with a community-based leadership style that has allowed him to leverage resources to address the housing and community development needs of the diverse communities of Fresno County. Under his leadership, Fresno Housing Authority administers more than 12,500 Housing Choice Vouchers and manages a portfolio of more than 4,500 residential units including public housing and units developed through Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and bond-financing, as well as farmworker, migrant, homeless, and permanent supportive housing for targeted populations. Together, these programs provide housing to more than 18,000 households. Prince directs an annual operating budget of more than $120 million and a staff of nearly 250, in addition to real estate development activities in excess of $100 million.
During his tenure in Fresno, Prince has overseen the completion of a HOPE VI development and the addition of more than 475 units for low-income families throughout the city and county of Fresno, and is currently spearheading the development of more than 800 additional units.
In an effort to link the Fresno Housing Authority with local communities, and to raise the level of awareness within the county of the role housing plays for low-income households, Prince has forged crucial partnerships with public and private agencies, elected officials, residents, community members, Fresno businesses, schools, and nonprofits. He has worked with the private and public sectors to bring much needed financial resources to create vibrant and healthy neighborhoods throughout Fresno County, and has been dedicated to the broad goal of improving the health, wealth, and education of all Fresno County residents.
Prince is a member of the Fresno Bridge Academy, Economic Development Corporation, and the Fresno Workforce Investment Boards. In 2007, he was recognized by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) as an Outstanding Director. In 2013 he was elected, by his peers, as President of NAHRO, putting the Fresno Housing Authority at the core of national discussions on housing policy.
Prince is married to a school teacher and enjoys golf and running marathons.