Ron Abad

Ron Abad

Ronald Rosado Abad Biography

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

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As a dynamic leader with a personal mission and passion to strengthen individuals and families and move them from poverty to self-sufficiency, Ron Abad has nearly twenty-five years of executive level leadership in government and nonprofit organizations in the fields of homeless shelter, supportive housing and community-based health care.

Ron is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Innovations, Inc. For over 30 years, Community Housing Innovations, Inc. has served tens of thousands of homeless and low-to-moderate income families in Westchester, Long Island and across the Lower Hudson Valley. Each night, Community.

Housing Innovations, Inc. provides emergency housing to over one thousand homeless adults and families in five New York counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Dutchess and Westchester. Services include: Emergency Housing, Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Permanent Housing, Eviction Prevention, Homeownership Counseling and Education, Foreclosure prevention counseling and Affordable Housing development. 

Prior to his role at Community Housing Innovations, Inc., Ron served as the Senior Vice President for Acacia Network Housing, one of New York City’s largest homeless providers, serving approximately 2,250 homeless families and 2,000 single adults. Ron oversaw a broad network of approximately 50 homeless shelters, with a mandate to provide and support each individual and family with transitional housing and supportive services like Primary Care and Behavioral Health.

Ron also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Urban Pathways, providing street outreach, safe havens and supportive housing to homeless individuals. Ron had oversight over programs, supportive housing development, operations, facilities/property management, low-income housing tax credit compliance, HR, Information Technology, budget/contract management, and risk/crisis oversight.

From 2008 to 2015, Ron served as the Assistant Commissioner for Capacity Planning and Development for Families with Children shelters for the New York City Department of Homeless Services. In this role, Ron was responsible for Families with Children homeless shelter capacity, planning and development, shelter procurement, contracts management and budget negotiations. In addition, he oversaw HERO (Housing Emergency Referral Operations), New York City’s 24/7 unit for homeless families shelter placements and vacancy control. Previous to this position, Ron also served as the Assistant Commissioner for Budget, Procurement and Administration for Families with Children shelters.

Before his stint working for the City of New York, Ron was the Vice President of Operations for Housing Works. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing budget, contracts, operations and residential services for a Health Services department, including three Article 28 health centers. Ron Abad has also held various management positions with the Morris Heights Health Center and Hunts Point Multi-Service Center, Inc., where he began his career.

Ron Abad holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University. He has also completed Executive Education and certificate programs at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives, the John F. Kennedy School of Government on Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations, New York University’s Real Estate Institute for Real Estate Development, Construction Management from the New York Real Estate Institute and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance from Quardel.

Ron serves on the Board of Trustees of his church Reach Church in White Plains and is a member of the Board of Directors of the William George Agency, one of New York State’s oldest and largest organizations providing residential care for at-risk youth and young adults. Ron also serves on the Board of Directors of Nonprofit Westchester; The Priority and Strategy Council of the Human Services Council and the Suppliers and Service Providers Advisory Council (SSPAC) of the Building & Real Estate Institute (BRI) of Westchester and Mid-Hudson Region.

Ron is a proud father of three daughters and five grandchildren. Ron enjoys sports, particularly Yankees baseball, working on house projects, reading biographies and leadership development books.