George Mensah

Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development
Miami, FL

George Mensah has more than twenty-four years’ experience in Community and Economic Development. He is currently the Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development of the City of Miami, a position he has held for the last nine years. Prior to being the Director, Mensah held various positions in the department from Program Manager to Assistant Director, responsible for all housing programs including the management of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Section 8 Program, and the Florida State Housing Incentive Program (SHIP).

Prior to joining the City of Miami, Mensah worked for two years with Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) as an Administrator of their Homeownership Program. He has also worked for Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, a non-profit housing organization that managed housing programs on behalf of the City of New York for more than eight years as the Director of Lending and Program Services with responsibility for the management of the Multi-family and Single Family rehabilitation programs using HOME, CDBG and private funds, as well as down payment and closing cost assistance programs.

Mensah is currently the treasurer of the National Community Development Association and a member of the High-Cost Housing Cities Forum.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, as well as an MBA from New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York.

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