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Officers - Chuck Wehrwein

Chuck WehrweinChuck Wehrwein
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer

NeighborWorks America
999 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 760-4000

Chuck Wehrwein is Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit leader in affordable housing and community development.  As Acting CEO, Wehrwein ensures that more than 3,000 community-based organizations across the country receive the technical assistance, financial support and training they need to build strong, healthy communities.

Wehrwein oversees the support of a national network of more than 240 affordable housing and community development organizations that help deliver programs and services to thousands of local communities. “This partnership is essential to assisting us with developing effective responses to real situations on the ground,” says Wehrwein. “Working together with our network, we’re able to touch tens of thousands of people across the country.”

The son of immigrants who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, Wehrwein became Acting CEO in April 2014.  When he joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer in 2012, he brought with him a distinguished record of success in affordable housing and community development, management and finance that included work with a founding member of the NeighborWorks network.

“I was doing private real estate development and feeling very unfulfilled when I was put in charge of a joint venture with the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago,” Wehrwein says. “Together, we built dozens of homes in struggling Humboldt Park as part of the New Homes for Chicago program. This was the spark for me. I realized I could bring my background and experience to this mission and have a positive impact. I never looked back.”

This first step in affordable housing put Wehrwein on a path to leadership in the industry including roles as as president of the Housing Partnership Exchange at the Housing Partnership Network; executive positions at Mercy Housing; chief operating officer of the National Equity Fund; deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and deputy administrator for multifamily housing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service.

A certified public accountant, Wehrwein earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from DePaul University.

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