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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.