Board of Commissioners Bios

Four of the five BHA Commissioners are elected by the voters of Brookline. Of those four, one is a resident of the Brookline. The fifth Commissioner is appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The present resident Commissioner is Barbara Dugan. The Governor's appointee is Judith Katz.

Michael Jacobs, Chair

Michael Jacobs has worked in the affordable housing field for 40 years. In addition to his current consulting practice as principal of MHJ Associates, he has held a range of positions in both the public and private sector including senior positions at the Boston Housing Authority, the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, the ADS Group, and National Development. Mike is a member of the Town of Brookline’s Housing Advisory Board.

Joanne M. Sullivan, Vice Chair

Joanne Sullivan is Vice President and Director of Government & Community Relations at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, a $46 billion cooperatively-owned wholesale bank. Previously Joanne was Senior Manager of government affairs for Fleet and BankBoston. Joanne serves on the Boards of the New England Council and the Women’s Lunch Place, among others.

Barbara Dugan, Treasurer and BHA Resident

Barbara Dugan is a resident of the Brookline Housing Authority and has served as an elected Commissioner for more than 25 years. She also served for many years as the President of the Brookline Townwide Tenants Association and in other Brookline leadership roles.

Judith Katz, Governor's Appointee

Judy Katz is the president of OKM Associates, a firm that specializes in property management and consulting for affordable housing. She serves on the Board of Steps to Success, Inc., which provides academic and career support to low-income young people living in Brookline Public Housing. Judy also is on the Board of New Communities Housing Services in Cambridge, which provides housing and services to the elderly and disabled. 

Sue Cohen

Attorney Sue Cohen has worked in the affordable housing field for more than 40 years. She is currently the in-house General Counsel at the Cambridge Housing Authority.  Previously, she headed her own law firm representing many housing authorities in Massachusetts as well as clients nationwide.  She is a member of the Board and Past President of the Housing Development Law Institute in Washington DC.