Paul Weech has been named president and CEO of NeighborWorks America.

P. Weech
P. Weech

He joins the organization from the Housing Partnership Network (HPN), where he served as executive vice president for policy and external affairs.

Weech's experience also includes serving as chief of staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration; staff director for the Housing Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and senior analyst for housing and credit for the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked in a variety of roles in Fannie Mae’s National Community Lending Center and Office of Corporate Strategy. Weech also worked with the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) in a senior policy role.

“Stable and affordable housing is the foundation of strong communities,” he said in a statement. “This is true in periods of economic uncertainty as well as in periods of economic growth and resilience. The work of NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks network to make homeownership and rental homes available and affordable for families, while engaging residents and training community development professionals, is vitally important to the fabric of our society. I am grateful to the NeighborWorks board for asking me to be part of that work.”

Weech begins his new position Jan. 20.

Chuck Wehrwein, acting president and CEO, will return to his position as COO. He had been serving in the top post since the resignation of Eileen Fitzgerald earlier this year. Fitzgerald has become president of SAHF.

NeighborWorks helps create and preserve affordable housing around the country and delivers community-focused programs through a network of more than 200 independent, community-based nonprofit organizations. It's the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.