Shawn Burr, Executive Director:

Shawn began his career at RHA in 1991 as a Public Housing Inspector.  Shawn has held many positions within the organization since being hired including Acting Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Director of Development, Capital Projects Manager, Sr. Property Rehab Specialist, Building Maintenance Supervisor, and Property Rehab Specialist. – making him a primary resource for the entire senior leadership team and associates alike. In his current role as Executive Director, Shawn’s chief responsibilities include overseeing RHA’s Development, Capital Projects, Information Technology, Public Housing, Maintenance, and Systems Maintenance departments.  Shawn has been directly involved with many affordable housing development projects including past and present Rental Assistance Demonstration conversions.  He has positioned RHA to have a pipeline of rehabilitation and new construction projects to preserve RHA’s Public Housing stock and to add new affordable housing units to its portfolio while providing quality housing opportunities for individuals and families.  One of Shawn’s primary goals at RHA is to provide the necessary resources so that families and individuals can achieve self-sufficiency. He has been a strong supporter and advocate of RHA’s Family Self-Sufficiency program with a concentrated effort to grow its Homeownership Programs.




Cynthia Herriott, Deputy Executive Director:

Cynthia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this area as a former lieutenant with the Rochester Police Department. In her role at RHA, she leads the organization’s newest department, created in early 2017 by the Board of Commissioners. Her primary duty is to ensure RHA is following agency and HUD compliance procedures and requirements. Cynthia’s department enhances our organization’s overall ability to meet performance goals by implementing and tracking many quality control processes, and procedures.