Mazzarella to Retire from Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Paul Mazzarella, the highly regarded long-term Executive Director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), has announced his plan to retire on December 31, 2017.  Mazzarella has been an exceptional Executive Director throughout his 26 year tenure at the helm of INHS. “Paul has undeniably been instrumental in improving the housing stock of the City of Ithaca, creating opportunities for many people of modest incomes,” INHS Board President Michael Cannon comments. “We are grateful for his long-term dedication to affordable housing.”

Mazzarella strengthened INHS services for both homeowners and renters, including:

  1. Creating the Community Housing Trust program, which builds a portfolio of permanently affordable for-sale homes.
  2. Significantly expanding INHS real estate development programs, shifting the focus from renovation of existing homes to new construction of both rental and for-sale housing.Expanding
  3. INHS lending programs, resulting in over $50 million in loans that have assisted over 1,000 new homebuyers and 1,200 home improvement projects. 
  4. Continuing to build INHS’s already established reputation as a national model for successful community development programs. 

The INHS board of directors has appointed a search committee comprised of board members, senior staff, and community partners. The committee has been working on this important transition since fall 2016, and has hired Ann L. Silverman Consulting to assist us in the hiring and transition to the next INHS Executive Director. A full position description will be shared locally as well as nationally once it is finalized. 

Ann Silverman brings more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, community development, and non-profit management. She has helped community development corporations, funders, and others to hire Executive Directors and other senior staff.

Mazzarella states: “I never imaged that I would stay in this job for 26 years, but I did so because the work has been so compelling and so satisfying. I am proudest of the fact that INHS has grown in smart and deliberate ways and that we’ve been able to create really positive changes in our community. I really treasure the lasting relationships that I’ve developed with board members, elected officials, housing professionals, and the residents that we serve. I am not leaving Ithaca, and I will continue to be engaged in making it a better place.”


(photo credit Casey Martin, Ithaca Times)