President and CEO
Tom Bledsoe is the chief executive officer of the Housing Partnership Network, whose affiliates include the Housing Partnership Fund, Housing Partnership Ventures, the Housing Partnership Insurance Exchange, the Housing Partnership Equity Fund, Housing Partnership DIRECT, the Mortgage Resolution Fund, Framework, and the Charter School Financing Partnership. Tom also serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, a New Orleans-based nonprofit development company created by HPN in response to the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region. He became the first full-time president of the Housing Partnership Network in 1998. Under his leadership, HPN has become the leading voice for the high-capacity, partnership-based nonprofits in the affordable housing industry; has launched innovative, high-impact efforts and business enterprises; and been repeatedly recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the leading social capitalists in the country. In 2013, HPN was one of 13 organizations from around the world to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Prior to joining the Network, Mr. Bledsoe was the executive director of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP), one of the nation's first public/private housing partnerships. He facilitated the merger of two nonprofit housing agencies, creating a comprehensive regional organization that operates a continuum of programs from services for the homeless to homeownership. While at MBHP, he spearheaded the growth of the National Association of Housing Partnerships (which became the Housing Partnership Network) as its board president. Previously, Mr. Bledsoe served as deputy secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development and as director of the City of Boston's Office of Neighborhood Services. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University (CT) and a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.