CSH is pleased to announce the addition of two outstanding individuals to our dynamic board. Sherry Seiwert, President of the Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and Carolyn Powell former chair of Services for the Underserved, were recently elected to serve on the CSH Board of Directors.
Ms. Seiwert and Ms. Powell bring a diverse background to our board, both with experience in the supportive housing industry. We look forward to their contributions in working with CSH to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and build healthy communities.
Sherry Seiwert, is President of the Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI). IDI is responsible for the development, management and marketing of the downtown business district in Indianapolis.
Prior to becoming President of IDI she served as Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority where she managed a staff of 90, an annual operating budget of $14 million and a project budget of more than $500 million. While Executive Director she led the state’s efforts to end homelessness resulting in her being named the CSH Supportive Housing Champion.
Prior to her state position, she was program director for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for eight years. Earlier, she was an administrator and project manager for the City of Indianapolis' Department of Metropolitan Development (1993-1997) and executive director of United Northwest Area Development Corporation from 1989 to 1993.
She serves on the board for the Economic Club of Indianapolis and the advisory committees of LISC and the Federal Home Loan Bank. An Indianapolis native and 1986 graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, she and her husband are the parents of a teenage daughter.
Carolyn Powell is the former Chairperson of the Board of Services for the UnderServed (SUS), a nonprofit human services agency in NY City with a reputation for supporting veterans and individuals and families faced with a wide range of challenges – mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and HIV/AIDS, often compounded by histories of homelessness, substance abuse, poverty and unemployment.
Ms. Powell served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of CSH from 2005 until 2010. She currently serves on the Broadway Housing Communities Board in New York City. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Powell had nearly three decades of management experience leading financial, administrative and Human resource teams at for profit and non-for-profit organizations. Ms. Powell has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and currently resides in New York.