Heather Crislip takes the reins at HOME

Housing Opportunities Made Equal — which advocates for and promotes fair and affordable housing in Virginia — has a new president and CEO: 38-year-old Heather Mullins Crislip.

Virginia to Connecticut to Hawai'i and backCrislip had been serving as overseer of policy projects for the University of Virginia Miller Center, a non-partisan political think tank; she had also been the director of the Miller Center’s National Transportation Policy Project.

But get this: Before coming to central Virginia, Crislip had been working in as chief of staff for a state senator and then chief of staff for the chancellor of the University of Hawaii.

And she moved to Virginia. From Hawai’i.

Actually, Crislip is originally from the Blacksburg area, got her Bachelor’s in economics and political science in 1995 from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington), and then got her law degree from the University of Connecticut in 2000.

She served as a policy assistant to the Mayor of New Haven before heading off to Hawai’i. And then, for some reason, she left Hawai’i to come back to Virginia.

It might be because of her husband, who’s a professor at VCU and who is from Northern Virginia. Today they live in Richmond and have two daughters, “6” and “3.” (I assume those are their ages, not their names.)

Click here for HOME’s site.

Click here to follow Heather on Twitter. (No pressure, Heather.)

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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