Executive Management

Leadership


The CDC/HACoLA is led by a team of skilled professionals dedicated to advancing the agency's mission and goals.  Learn more about our Executive Management Team below.

 

Meet Our Executive Team

  • Monique King-Viehland, Executive Director

    Monique King-Viehland is the Executive Director of the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.  As Executive Director, she oversees 580 full-time employees and an annual budget in excess of $457 million. Mrs. King-Viehland previously served as Deputy Executive Director over CDC programs, and Acting Executive Director.  She is the first woman and African-American to take the helm of the 35-year old agency.

    Prior to joining the CDC in 2015, Mrs. King-Viehland was Director of the Department of Housing & Economic Development for the City of Trenton, New Jersey.  Under Mrs. King-Viehland’s leadership, the Department managed the planning and development activities of the City government and created and administered a variety of programs and services, ranging from developing affordable housing to recruiting businesses to locate in the City of Trenton.  During her tenure with the City, Mrs. King-Viehland was credited with breathing new life into the housing and economic development pipeline, including working to secure millions of dollars in tax credits for mixed-use development and attracting new commercial and industrial businesses.

    Mrs. King-Viehland was principal and founder of Obsidian Development, LLC, a real estate development firm specializing in residential and mixed-use development projects.  She is also the former Director of Area Development and President of Campus Gateway Development, Inc., (CGD) a subsidiary of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which focused on utilizing campus development efforts to facilitate community revitalization in the City of Newark.  In 2012, she was recognized for her efforts, as #44 in the NJBIZ “Power 50” in Real Estate.

    Mrs. King-Viehland’s has nearly twenty years of experience in housing, community and economic development, primarily in the area of community building and neighborhood revitalization. She has been integrally involved in the development of hundreds of single- and multi-family affordable housing, mixed-income, and mixed-use developments.

    In September 2009, Mrs. King-Viehland was inducted into the State of New Jersey’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission inaugural “Academy of Leaders” in recognition of her commitment to and passion for contributing to society in the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Mrs. King-Viehland is a 2010 Leadership Trenton Fellow, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a former member of the Greater Trenton Initiative, a former member of the New Jersey Future Board of Trustees, a former member of the YWCA Board of Trustees, a former member of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation Board of Trustees, and a former member of the Trenton Downtown Association Board of Directors.  In 2008, Mrs. King-Viehland was featured in “If I’d Known Then,” a book by bestselling author Ellyn Spragins. In the book, Spragins asked extraordinary women under forty to “write letters to the girls they once were, filled with the advice and insights they wish they’d had when they were younger.”  In 2004 she was honored as a WQED Public Broadcasting & Pittsburgh Magazine “40 Under 40” Award recipient, which recognizes 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region’s development and a Coro Women in Leadership Designee.

    Mrs. King-Viehland has a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, Northampton, MA where she graduated with honors.

    She resides in Glendale with her husband, Brian Viehland and her two children, Sekou and Zora.


  • Emilio Salas, Deputy Executive Director

    Emilio Salas currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority.

    As Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Salas has oversight responsibility for the County’s affordable housing, and community and economic development programs, including the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The CDC’s wide-ranging programs benefit residents and business owners in the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas and in various incorporated cities.  Mr. Salas also oversees the County’s public housing and rental subsidy programs, including Housing Choice Voucher, Continuum of Care, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing and other affordable and special needs housing programs.  These programs combined create housing opportunities for over 27,000 vulnerable families throughout Los Angeles County.  

    Mr. Salas brings over 25 years of public service experience.  During his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility to include managing resident services programs, public housing, human resources management, risk management, and information technology.

    Mr. Salas has also served his country as a Military Intelligence Specialist in the United States Army, where he received specialized training in interrogations.

    Mr. Salas is a proud alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills, holding a degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Personnel Administration.


  • Elisa Vasquez, Manager

    Elisa Vásquez, Manager of Communications and Public Affairs

    Elisa Vásquez is the agency’s Manager of Communications and Public Affairs, a position she’s held since 2007.  Ms. Vásquez has over 24 years of public service experience, having served in various capacities within the organization as well as with other government and non-profit service providers, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Los Angeles Universal Preschool.

    Ms. Vásquez’ responsibilities include oversight of three primary areas: legislative analysis, public information, and media coordination.  Serving as the primary point of contact with all elected officials, at the Federal, State and local levels, Ms. Vásquez and her team work with County legislative staff and legislative advocates in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to develop recommendations and draft legislative correspondence including position papers, promote key legislative and strategic messages, and assist with policy development. 

    As the agency’s Public Information Officer, Ms. Vásquez and her team have oversight of the agency's website content, social media pages and marketing material. She also coordinates responses to all requests received pursuant to the California Public Records Act as well as all media communications, which includes responding to inquiries, writing media advisories and news releases, and scheduling print or on-camera interviews.

    Additionally, Ms. Vásquez serves on the Quality and Productivity Commission’s Productivity Manager’s Network Executive Committee. The Productivity Managers' Network is comprised of employee representatives from each County department who have been designated as Quality and Productivity Managers by their department heads. Ms. Vásquez has served as the Network’s Productivity and Quality Awards Co-Chair for several years and was the recipient of the 2016 Productivity Manager of Year Award. 

    Ms. Vásquez holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Administration from California State University Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University.


  • Kathy Thomas, Director

    Kathy Thomas, Director of Economic and Housing Development

    Kathy Thomas serves as the Director of Economic and Housing Development for the CDC.  Ms. Thomas is responsible for overseeing a myriad of programs that include:

    • Affordable and supportive housing development;
    • Home ownership loans and mortgage credit certificates for first time homebuyers;
    • Home improvement loans;
    • Minor home repair grants;
    • Residential Sound Insulation grants for households that live within designated flight paths of the Los Angeles International Airport;
    • Large-scale development projects on behalf of the County;
    • Commercial and industrial loans;
    • Business Technology Center for startup, high technology companies;
    • Façade improvement grants;
    • Asset management;
    • Compliance monitoring; and,
    • Loan collections and servicing.

    Ms. Thomas joined the CDC in 2015 and has over 23 years of experience working in the public sector for cities, counties and a transportation authority in various capacities.  Prior to the CDC, Ms. Thomas was the Director of Redevelopment and Housing for the County of San Bernardino.  She also served as the Strategic Planning Manager for the Economic Development Agency in the County of Riverside.

    Ms. Thomas thrives on improving and expanding services countywide and aims at delivering quality customer service while producing the Division’s annual goals and expectations.

    Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of Redlands and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona.


  • Maria Badrakhan, Director

    Maria Badrakhan serves as the Director for the Housing Management Division.  She manages over 3,000 units of public and affordable housing throughout the County of Los Angeles.  

    Ms. Badrakhan has over 30 years of public sector experience in local government in the areas of public housing and community development. She earned a BA from the University of California, San Diego, with a major in Urban and Rural Studies.  She received her MA Degree from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Under Ms. Badrakhan’s leadership, the Public Housing Program has consistently achieved a High Performance Rating from HUD since Fiscal Year 2010.  HACoLA has also been recognized nationally for implementing “Best Practices” in public housing.  For example, the agency has received numerous awards for The Growing Experience Urban Farm for environmental sustainability and benefit to County residents, the County of Los Angeles’ Green Leadership Award, several National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) awards, the California State Association of Counties Merit Award, and the Annual Productivity and Quality Award.


  • Matthew Fortini, Director

    Matthew Fortini currently serves as the Director of the Administrative Services Division overseeing the internal service units of the CDC such as Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, Procurement and the Mailroom/Print Shop.

    Mr. Fortini has over 28 years of public service experience having served in a variety of capacities with numerous agencies.  Prior to joining the CDC, Mr. Fortini was Assistant Division Manager for the City of Orlando, Parks Division.  He also served as the Administrative Services Director for the City of Casselberry, Florida.

    An experienced Manager, Mr. Fortini brings to the CDC experience in Public Administration including managing Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, Marketing, Purchasing, Facilities Management, and Parks and Recreation.  His broad background and keen understanding of the operational needs of the organization provide the tools necessary to assess needs expeditiously and implement rapid solutions. Throughout his career, Mr. Fortini has been recognized as an excellent operations manager capable of finding efficiencies and developing staff to their fullest potential.

    Mr. Fortini believes that public agencies should offer the highest level of customer service, and provide expertly managed services to all of its customers to maximize the efficiencies of the agency.  He is also a strong proponent of operating his units in an efficient and effective manner commonly found within the private sector.

    Mr. Fortini holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Penn State University.

  • Scott Stevenson, Director

    Scott Stevenson has over 29 years of experience in planning and community development and began his tenure with the CDC in 1989.  He was promoted to Manager in the Community Development Block Grant Division in 1996, and has worked in all phases of project and grant management including plan checking and entitlement processing for residential and commercial development projects, NEPA and CEQA environmental clearance, capital project development and management, construction procurement and contracting, budget oversight at both the project and department levels and managing the effective implementation of annual program and financial monitoring for numerous grant-funded projects.  

    Mr. Stevenson relishes the opportunity to exercise creative problem solving in the structured environment that can sometimes characterize work in the public sector.  His operational mantra has been to seek out new and more efficient means of achieving agency goals and objectives by eliminating duplication and processes that may have become unnecessary or obsolete in achieving the end result.  He  developed his cadre of managements skills during six years as a Supervisor, 15 years as a Manager, and two years as Assistant Director of the Construction Management Division at the CDC.  He was recognized as a leader among his peers in community development at the national level when he was elected to the Executive Board of the National Community Development Association where he later served as President, and now remains on the Board as Past-President.

    Mr. Stevenson received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Geography-Environmental Science, and his graduate education from Cal Poly Pomona in Urban and Regional Planning.

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