Cecil R. House was named General Manager for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) by the Board of Commissioners in August 2012. In this capacity, Mr. House is responsible for overseeing the Housing Authority’s day to day operations, which includes the management of over 178,000 public housing apartments in 334 developments throughout the City of New York. He also is in charge of the administration of the largest Section 8/Leased Housing program in the country. Mr. House manages NYCHA’s network of over 400 community facilities and a host of community, educational, recreational, and employment initiatives. In addition, Mr. House leads a staff of over 11,000 NYCHA employees, and manages an annual budget of $3 billion in federal, state and local assistance.
Mr. House joined NYCHA from Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States with 18,000 employees, where he served as Senior Vice-President for the Operations Support Business Unit and also as the company’s Chief Procurement Officer. He managed a combined annual budget of nearly $1 billion, and in his capacity as SCE’s chief procurement officer, he also managed expenditures for materials and services in excess of $4 billion, $1.4 billion of which was spent with Asian, African American, Hispanic and women-owned businesses. His responsibilities at SCE included managing a broad set of functions critical to the success of SCE, including supply management and logistics; fleet operations; emergency preparedness; employee health and safety; security; environmental services, sustainability; and real estate and facilities, where he managed 6 million square feet of space.
Mr. House is a member of the bar in New York and Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia; a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School; and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. Mr. House has served and continues to serve as a director or trustee of several not-for profit organizations.