Terri North sees affordable housing as the nexus between individuals, seniors, families and people with economic instability.
A founding member of Providence Community Housing after Hurricane Katrina, Terri was appointed president and chief executive officer by the board of directors in 2011. She oversees all programs and works with the board on the strategic direction of the organization.
Over 2,000 people live in one of Providence’s rental communities, and the organization has helped 600 families realize the dream of homeownership. Providence’s portfolio encompasses properties dedicated to seniors, to individuals and families, and to artists and cultural ambassadors.
Prior to Providence, Terri served in a dual role as a consultant for both the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Christopher Homes, where she managed the refinancing and rehabilitation of 13 Section 202 Housing properties providing 1,200 affordable homes to seniors with low incomes. She also facilitated the development of an Archdiocesan Strategic Plan for over 72 elementary schools. Over the course of her 30-year career, she has spent 22 years in nonprofit leadership and 10 years in commercial banking.
Terri’s vision for the next 40 years in the affordable housing and community development sector is for government entities, service providers, housing providers and health care providers to break down systems of inequity and come together to create an equitable and effective ecosystem for all.
Terri serves on the board of directors for Enterprise Community Partners, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, and NeighborWorks Real Estate Development Advisory Committee. She served on the board of Notre Dame Health System in New Orleans for five years. She served on the executive committee of the board of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers for five years and as president in 2018.
A native New Orleanian, Terri is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, a graduate of the eighth class of NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a 2017 Young Leadership Council Role Model, and a 2019 Biz New Orleans Top 10 Real Estate Influencer. She recently completed an intensive course studying the U.S. Constitution as part of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice at Loyola Law School.