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Guest Speaker: Emila Sutton
Emila Sutton, who has more than 15 years of experience related to affordable housing and community development, has been named Orange County’s next director of housing and community development. Ms. Sutton comes to Orange County from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, where she has worked since November 2012. At NCHFA, she was responsible for the evaluation and analysis of more than $48 million in federal and state affordable housing funding to include the N.C. Housing Trust Fund, HOME, and the National Housing Trust Fund. She led a successful effort to measure the impact of affordable housing programs on North Carolinians and oversaw the team responsible for research, assessment, data analysis, and policies associated with federal and state funds administered by NCHFA. Prior to joining NCHFA, she worked with the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness for two years as a Project Specialist and Balance of State Continuum of Care Coordinator. She coordinated homelessness funding for 79 mostly rural counties in the state. She has managed community development programs and has worked in direct service to those experiencing homelessness. Ms. Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater College, a master’s degree in History from James Madison University, and in May 2017 earned a law degree from N.C. Central University.