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Eden Housing Announces New Chairman of the Board

January 31, 2024

— Rudolph Johnson III, CEO of Neighborhood House Association, brings a wealth of experience in fostering growth and spearheading organizations towards success —

Eden Housing is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chairman, Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson III, on January 25, 2024. Johnson, formerly the organization’s vice chair, brings a wealth of experience and an impressive track record in human services to this appointment. He succeeds Jim Kennedy, who will transition to a board member position following the conclusion of his term.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Rudy into his new position as chairman,” said Linda Mandolini, president and CEO of Eden Housing. “His deep experience in human services and in San Diego, a region we serve, will be invaluable to Eden as we continue our ambitious goal to create 10,000 affordable homes within a decade. We deeply appreciate Jim’s service over the past four years as head of our board, and look forward to his continued contributions as a board member.”

Johnson is the president and CEO of Neighborhood House Association (NHA), a leading multi-purpose human services agency in San Diego County. During his 18-year tenure at NHA, Johnson has spearheaded initiatives that have significantly improved the lives of thousands of individuals and families. Under his leadership, NHA has launched 20 new programs aimed at providing essential services such as employment support, healthcare, child, family and senior services. His work with NHA has been recognized at city, state and national levels, including recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign in 2012.

Remarking on his new appointment, Johnson said “I am honored to continue serving the Eden Housing community as chairman, supporting the organization’s goal of significantly increasing housing for low-income Californians. I am also looking forward to helping steward the organization in all four corners of its strategic plan, from development to resident services.”

In addition to his leadership at NHA, Johnson is also member of the San Diego Foundation Board of Governors, The San Diego Foundation Black Community Investment Fund Advisory Council, the SDG&E Customer Advisory Council, and CONNECT—San Diego Black Leaders. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Pi Boule.

Johnson is also a co-author of an Aspatore Inside the Minds series book titled Strategies for Building an Agile Organization: Leading CEOs on Establishing Collaboration, Engaging Innovation, and Maximizing Value.

Over the course of his career, he has earned a series of awards for his work. These awards include SD 500 2022, Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders, the Excellence in Achievement Award in Business from the Texas Southern University National Alumni Association and the USS Midway Museum’s 2020 Bridge Builder Award.

Johnson holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Southern University, and a certificate from the Public Assembly Facility Management School.