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Executive and Senior Staff Biographies

Chief Program Officer
Vonda J. Orders is the Chief Program Officer for the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  She assumed that position in June 2015.  Prior to becoming the Chief Program Officer, Ms. Orders had served as the General Counsel for DHCD since September 2009.  As the Chief Program Officer, Ms. Orders oversees the Residential and Community Services Division, Property Acquisition and Disposition Division, Office of Program Monitoring and the Portfolio and Asset Management Division.  These divisions handle all land dispositions by DHCD, oversee all consumer lending programs administered by the agency including the Home Purchase Assistance Program and Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Program, manage the agency’s community development programs including the Neighborhood Based Activities program and conduct monitoring and compliance reviews of the agency’s use of Community Development Block grant funds, HOME funds, and local funds.
Before she began working at DHCD, Ms. Orders worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Real Estate Section of the Commercial Division of the D.C. Office of Attorney General.  Ms. Orders began her career as an associate in the business transaction group at Gallagher, Evelius and Jones, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland where she spent five years.  Ms. Orders holds bar licenses in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She currently serves as one of the elected parent representatives of the Lafayette Elementary School Local School Advisory Team in Washington, DC.  She has been nominated to serve on the District of Columbia Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings.  Ms. Orders is a proud “double Terp.”  She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996 with a B.A. in Journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002.
Agency Fiscal Officer
Douglas “Doug” Kemp was appointed as the Agency Fiscal Officer for the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in October 2014. He served as Interim Agency Fiscal Officer from May to October 2014. Although Mr. Kemp reports to the independent DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), he proudly supports the partnership between the OCFO and the DHCD Director and senior management team. In this capacity, Mr. Kemp is responsible for the formulation, execution, monitoring and reporting of the DHCD budget.

From October 2010 to May 2014, Mr. Kemp served as the DHCD Budget Officer.  Mr. Kemp’s primary responsibility was to ensure that the agency’s budget was soundly developed and balanced, and that all programmatic areas were able to operate proficiently within the established budget.  He was also responsible for ensuring that vendors who did business with DHCD were paid in accordance with the District’s Quick Payment Act regulations.

Prior to joining DHCD, Mr. Kemp began his tenure with the Government of the District of Columbia in 2001 as an Accounting Systems Manager with the District’s Office of Financial Operations and Systems (OFOS), where he worked to ensure the integrity of the District’s official General Ledger accounting system. He also provided business solutions to many District government agencies. In his capacity at OFOS, Mr. Kemp was a trainer for the District’s general ledger, financial reporting and procurement systems.

The Ohio native is a graduate of John R. Buchtel University High School in Akron, Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Mr. Kemp brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to DHCD, having worked in residential, commercial and mortgage banking. He brings additional regulatory and management experience having served as District Manager for H&R Block in both Baltimore and Prince George’s County.  Mr. Kemp is the Treasurer for the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) DC Chapter, and a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.