Michael BodakenFormer President
Michael Bodaken served President of the National Housing Trust from 1993 to 2018. During that time, he also served as President of the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund and NHT-Communities. Under his leadership, the Trust won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.
Michael has been largely responsible for growing the organization in becoming a leader in the field of affordable housing and advocating for “Green Preservation” urging the targeting of resources for energy efficient affordable housing.
Prior to joining the Trust, Michael worked for Mayor Tom Bradley as Deputy Mayor for Housing for the City of Los Angeles. Michael practiced public interest law for over a decade, specializing in class action homeless litigation, tenants’ rights and affordable housing advocacy. He practiced at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services Prior to joining Legal Aid, Michael served as a V.I.S.T.A. as a tenant advocate in Topeka, Kansas.
In addition, Michael is the convener of the National Preservation Working Group. He serves on the board of directors the National Housing Conference, Homes for America, Housing Justice Center, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future and Housing and the Healthy and Affordable Materials Project. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at affordable housing and community development events.