The Housing Council at PathStone has selected an 11-year veteran of the agency as its new executive director.
Mary Leo previously served as senior director of housing counseling services since 2018 and director of homeownership programs & program compliance officer since 2015.
“As a board, many of us have worked with Mary over the past 11 years and have seen her grow into several leadership roles. Mary’s passion for the programs and services which the Housing Council at PathStone offers is illustrated in her accomplishments, team approach with her peers, relationship with partners and continued vision for the organization,” said Orlando Ortiz, the organization’s board chairman. “I’m very excited and look forward to working with and supporting Mary and the entire Housing Council staff as we navigate through the transition period and beyond.”
Leo joined the organization in 2009 as a counselor in foreclosure prevention and reverse mortgages. She brings experience in foreclosure prevention, homeownership and financial education, program compliance and more to the role.
Leo previously chaired the engagement committee of the United Way of Greater Rochester’s Emerging Leaders program and is a part of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Inc.’s Women’s Council and the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative’s public policy working group and housing sub-committee.
“It is an honor to have been selected as the next executive director of the Housing Council at PathStone as we begin to celebrate our 50-year legacy serving the community. The incredible partnership of our funders, the dedication of our passionate team and the resolute leadership of our board of directors inspire me to find innovative solutions to the unprecedented housing challenges we are facing,” Leo said. “I am excited to share the new tools The Housing Council at PathStone is developing to assist tenants, homeowners and landlords achieve their vision of home.”
Leo takes the reins from Sue Boss, who had served as both executive director and as senior vice president of housing services at PathStone since 2012.
“It has been an honor to serve as the executive director for the Housing Council for the last eight years and seeing Mary grow in her various roles. I am excited for the future as Mary makes the transition into leading the agency,” Boss said. Boss will continue to have oversight of the affiliate in her current position.
PathStone is a Rochester-based nonprofit community development and human services organization that provides services to low-income families and economically distressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Vermont and Puerto Rico. It is a NeighborWorks America Chartered Organization and a certified Community Development Financial Institution.
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