William U. Onuoha was appointed Assistant Commissioner/Director of Housing at Boston’s Inspectional Services Department in March 2015. Onuoha previously worked at Northeastern University as a community liaison in the office of City & Community Affairs. In his role at the university he performed many functions, but focused mainly on the university’s compliance with governmental regulations of surrounding towns and cities where the university had a presence. Onuoha also focused on strengthening relations between the university and the surrounding neighborhoods as he helped navigate the university through its institutional master planning process.
Prior to joining the government relations team at Northeastern University, Will Onuoha served as a neighborhood coordinator for the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway and Kenmore neighborhoods in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services from 2006-2012. During his tenure in the office of neighborhood services Onuoha lead and facilitated neighborhood meetings to discuss issues including city services, zoning, licensing, and crime. As a direct link between city hall and the neighborhoods he worked directly with the Mayor and senior administration officials on issues impacting district 8, including business and residential development and transportation. Onuoha was also responsible for responding to and managing all emergencies within the district including crime, fires, and water main breaks while working with the city departments to bring the necessary relief to constituents.
William Onuoha is now the newest addition and member of the Inspectional Services Department Senior Management Team. He possesses a great knowledge of city government, and has great ability in balancing of relationships between local government and the public at large. As the Assistant Commissioner/ Director of Housing Onuoha oversees the day to day operations of the housing division. The housing division deals primarily with enforcement of the state sanitary code and habitable living conditions. Onuoha will also continue to further the partnership between ISD, the BPHC, and other city departments.