Chief Housing Officer
Chief Housing Officer (CHO), Vivian Louie, has direct oversight of all of CHI’s homeless shelters, housing programs and residences in Long Island, Westchester, Hudson Valley, and New York City. Vivian has over 30 years of experience in housing, homeless services, and education, and is a well-known leader in NYC’s housing response and recovery community.
Most recently, Vivian served as Assistant Commissioner in New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (2007 – 2022) where she managed and maintained city-owned properties (thousands), administered HPD’s relocation and shelter system, and managed human services and training contracts. Before her most recent position, Vivian served as Assistant Commissioner in NYC’s Department of Homeless Services and ran the agency’s community-based homeless prevention initiative.
Prior to public service, Vivian served as Grants Compliance Manager at Edison Schools, Inc., an education management company; and as Director of Operations at Clinton Housing Development Company, a supportive housing provider and affordable housing developer.
She is the founder of Blue Seasons Network, a social club for housing and human service professionals; and the Founding Chair for the Wildflower New York Charter School, the first public Montessori school in New York City. Vivian is also a volunteer and leader for Habitat for Humanity and a Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Vivian earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.