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Sheila A. Dillon

Chief of Housing and Director of Neighborhood Development

As a member of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Cabinet, Chief Dillon acts as advisor to Mayor Walsh on housing issues in the City, including the execution of the Walsh Administration’s housing plan Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030, and its Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston 2015-2018.  She oversees the management of the Boston Home Center, the Neighborhood Housing Development team, the Real Estate Management and Sales team, and spearheads the City’s efforts around housing Boston’s homeless.  In addition, she will lead the Administration’s newly-formed Office of Housing Stability, which is charged with protecting residents’ tenancies in Boston’s fast-moving real estate market.  This work includes managing a staff of 150 and a budget of $83 million, which includes federal grants from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Prior to her appointment as Chief of Housing, Sheila served as the Director of the Bureau of Rental Assistance at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.  In this role, she oversaw the Section 8 Program, the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, and many of the State’s homeless programs.  She has also served as Deputy Director of DND’s Neighborhood Housing Division and as Deputy Director of Housing for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.  

Prior to her work in government, Sheila was the Director of Real Estate at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership and the Director of Development for the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.

Ms. Dillon received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, an M.B.A. from Suffolk University, and a M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and two children.