NeighborWorks America Names New COO
Posted under Industry News on June 22, 2012
NeighborWorks America named Charles “Chuck” Wehrwein as its chief operating officer. Wehrwein will oversee the organization’s divisions of field operations, national initiatives and applied research, training, organizational assessment and information management. He joins NeighborWorks America from the Housing Partnership Network where he was president of the Housing Partnership Exchange, which encompasses HPN’s cooperative businesses including its health insurance company, property and casualty insurance company; group buying organization; and Housing Partners in Health (a health benefits insurance company). Wehrwein reports to NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen Fitzgerald, who in a statement lauded Wehrein’s “track record of establishing successful partnerships in the public and private sectors will add momentum to our efforts to advance community development across the board.”
From 2000 to 2007, Wehrwein served as senior vice president for strategic development Initiatives at Mercy Housing, where he led the planning and implementation of Mercy’s portfolio acquisition initiative. He was also responsible for Mercy’s underwriting and asset management activities, the Mercy Loan Fund and new business development, and he served as regional president of Mercy Housing Southwest, Midwest and East.
Before joining Mercy Housing, Wehrwein was chief operating officer of the National Equity Fund, where he was responsible for all program operations, including acquisitions, asset management, portfolio management and information systems, with annual equity placements of $300 to $400 million. Previously, he served as deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as 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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