Tyrone Roderick Williams
Chief Executive Officer
Joining Fresno Housing in November 2021, Tyrone Roderick Williams is a catalyst for positive change and innovation, as well as an industry leader in organizational development, financing and project implementation. Having spent the past 25 years successfully leading multi-million dollar, large-scale, revitalization initiatives, Williams brings extensive experience in affordable housing, holistic and comprehensive urban revitalization efforts, community development, and much more. His background includes work in the for-profit, nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors, with development activities at the forefront of neighborhood transformation efforts in Boston, Houston, Atlanta, and Sacramento.
Williams considers diversity, equity and inclusion foundational core values that permeate his leadership style. He has been recognized nationally, as a Presidio Institute Fellow for his work as a cross-sector leader. He is an author of the book “Igniting the Power to Succeed,” and currently serves on a variety of organizations, including but not limited to, the following: Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, The CASA Board and the California State University Chico Cybersecurity Advisory Foundation. Williams has previously been affiliated with, California Disadvantaged Advisory Group serving the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission, the Sacramento Unified Education Foundation, and the International Network of Children’s Ministries.
Williams is a native Texan and is passionate about leading efforts to expand housing, education, health, and equitable economic development opportunities in under-served neighborhoods. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Prairie View A&M University, and a Master of City Planning Degree from MIT. Williams also values his PhD. from the “School of Hard Knocks.”
Chief Diversity Officer
New to Fresno County, Marc’ Bady joined Fresno Housing in May 2021. As chief diversity officer, he is responsible for leading efforts to accelerate the Board approved Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, playing a role in furthering corporate culture initiatives and enhancing relationships with community partners.
As a first-generation college student, Bady brings over a decade of experience in the higher education field and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Human Capital Development. He is the former chief diversity officer at Coe College, and is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and excellence.
Emily De La Guerra
Chief Business Officer
Emily De La Guerra joined Fresno Housing in 2011, and has served in various capacities across the agency. As part of the Executive Leadership team, the chief business officer is in charge of business and finance functions, works closely with other members of the Executive Team to develop and implement the overall strategy for the organization, and acts as an internal consultant to ensure departmental strategies are aligned with operational and financial goals. As the chief business officer, she is responsible for the financial stewardship and overall efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. De La Guerra oversees the strategic direction and operations of Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Policy and Evaluation, and Administrative Services departments. She manages an annual operating and capital budget of over $200 million dollars and the human resources for over 220 employees.
De La Guerra currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jane Addams Community Development Corporation and the Advisory Board for Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Prior to joining Fresno Housing, De La Guerra owned and managed a consulting firm that focused on small business operations and marketing. She was born in San Jose, CA, earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Finance from the California State University, East Bay, and now resides in Fresno with her husband and two children.
Chief Real Estate Officer
As the chief real estate officer, Michael Duarte is responsible for multifamily housing real estate transactions for Fresno Housing. Since joining Fresno Housing in January 2007, Duarte has been instrumental in leading the development of thousands of new, quality affordable housing units with investments exceeding $600 million.
Duarte has experience working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) demolition and disposition application process, low-income public housing mixed-finance, HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration, project-based Section 8, HOPE VI, McKinney-Vento Supportive Housing Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Mental Health Services Act program funding, Multifamily Housing Program, and Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention program administered by the State of California and both four percent and nine percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs.
Duarte has worked on projects targeting rehabilitation and creation of new public housing, senior housing, family housing, and permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Developments completed include mixed-use and mixed-income projects and often focus on neighborhood redevelopment and investment. Michael serves on the Housing California Board and is a lifelong resident of Fresno County.