Roy O. Priest
Roy Priest is a principal owner of Community Development Concepts, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to providing unique and creative solutions to a full range of community and economic development challenges facing communities, government, and nonprofit organizations. The firm offers strategic interventions, situation analysis, planning and program development in real estate development and finance, risk management analysis, organization and human capital development.
Prior to joining his current firm, Mr. Priest served a seven-year tenure as the president and CEO of the National Congress for Community Economic Development. As chief executive of the nation’s trade association representing more than 4,300 community development corporations (CDCs) nationwide, Mr. Priest demonstrated innovative, effective strategies designed to foster growth and prosperity in America’s economically distressed communities as well as a thorough knowledge of the programs, procedures, funding criteria, policy shapers and community leaders in the federal, state, local, philanthropic, and economic development arenas.
Mr. Priest also completed a 17-year tenure with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the director of economic development, he administered and managed HUD’s economic development programs including the $4.6 billion Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), $3 billion Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, and Renewal Communities Program, $4.6 billion Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $1B Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Program, $300M Section 108, and $50 billion YouthBuild programs.
Mr. Priest began his career in Washington in 1967 working for the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency (RLA) as the project director for a large urban renewal project responsible for the development of new and rehabilitated housing, retail space, and community service space. Over the next seven years, he held a myriad of senior management positions that involved the management of major program and policy responsibilities of the RLA.
Throughout his career, Mr. Priest has been a visionary and committed ally and leader of the community development movement. He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Rural Local Initiative Support Corporation and the Boston College center for Corporate Community Relations, a member of the Boards of Directors for the St. Ann’s Fund (Washington Archdiocese), and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and a member of the Board of Overseers of Southern New Hampshire University.