Washington County Administrator Tanya Ange appointed Molly Rogers to be the director of the county's Department of Housing Services after a nationwide recruitment and competitive selection process. She will begin her new role with Washington County on October 9, 2023.
Rogers is currently the interim director at the Portland Housing Bureau, where she had been deputy director since 2019. Previously Rogers was the director of asset management and housing policy at Home Forward, the housing authority serving the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Gresham and other communities in east Multnomah County.
Rogers also has experience as an asset management director with the Housing Development Center, a nonprofit real estate consulting group based in Portland. She has also worked on ending homelessness initiatives for the cities of Portland and New York and was the executive director of New York City's Alliance for Community Enhancement.
Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in public administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in New York City.
“Molly’s experience and technical knowledge of housing and homeless services is highly regarded throughout the State of Oregon,” said County Administrator Ange. “She brings a broad understanding of this system of service and has the collaborative, strategic approach we value as part of our ‘One Washington County’ vision. I am excited that Molly has agreed to join Washington County and continue her public service as part of Washington County’s leadership.”
“I’m thrilled to serve as the next housing director where I will bring my passion and experience in each facet of the Department of Housing Services to ensure an integrated approach to ending homelessness, keeping people in their homes and creating and preserving affordable housing,” said Rogers. “I owe the beginnings of my career to many community leaders in Washington County 23 years ago, which means coming back to lead this agency is like coming home for me.”
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING SERVICES AND HOUSING AUTHORITY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY: The Housing Authority has been providing and developing affordable housing opportunities in Washington County for over 50 years. Today, the effort continues with Washington County’s Department of Housing Services, formed in 1992 to administer the County’s housing activities and programs. The Housing Authority is a separate legal entity and contracts with Washington County to implement programs and services. Its mission is to provide a continuum of affordable housing options that promote community strength. The Department of Housing Services is also responsible for the expansion of affordable housing opportunities supported by voters through a regional Affordable Housing Bond program and for a Supportive Housing Services program to address the needs of people experiencing and at risk of homelessness. For information on programs and services, visit https://www.washingtoncountyor.gov/housing.