Robin Hughes is President & CEO at Abode Communities. Ms. Hughes has been actively involved in affordable housing and community development for more than 35 years. In her 23 years in leading Abode Communities, she has transformed the organization into an Affordable Housing Finance Top 50 Affordable Housing Developer nationwide and the premier provider of environmentally sustainable affordable housing in California.
Under Ms. Hughes’ direction, Abode Communities has developed more than 40 residential and mixed-use communities, created new affordable homes for more than 8,000 California residents and provided a social safety net through Beyond Homes, the nonprofit’s resident services program. Highly regarded as an industry leader in housing policy at the local, state and federal level, Ms. Hughes serves or has served on numerous boards, task forces and advisory bodies, where she continues to advocate for resources, programs and policies that support the preservation and production of affordable housing for low-income residents.
Ms. Hughes currently serves on the Boards of California Community Reinvestment Corporation (CCRC) and The Community Development Trust (CDT), is the Housing Partnership Network’s Board Chair and is Co-Policy Chair of the California Housing Consortium. Ms. Hughes has been recognized by the National Real Estate Investor as a Champion of Affordable Housing, as well as Huffington Post’s Person of the Day. Ms. Hughes has previously held positions in the public and private sectors, including The Richmond Group of Companies, Citibank, the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, and the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Her experience is highlighted by four years as the city planning commissioner for the City of Los Angeles.
Ms. Hughes received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in public administration from the University of Southern California, and received a certification from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program.
Ms. Hughes has been on the CDT’s Board since 2017 and her present term expires in 2019.