Former Oak Park president to lead Residence Corp.

David Pope aims to improve, expand housing stock

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Residence Corporation has named former Village President David Pope its new executive director, succeeding Maria Saldana, who left the position in May.

Pope has a decade of experience in public life in Oak Park, serving two years as a village trustee and eight years as village president. He was succeeded in that position in 2013 by the current Village President Anan Abu-Taleb.

The Residence Corporation is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote racial and economic diversity through the prevention of blight in multifamily apartment buildings, the promotion of fair housing and providing affordable housing.

"David understands our mission and was very supportive of the Residence Corporation during his years in village government," Wayne Pierce, board president of the Residence Corporation, said in a press release. "David also knows Oak Park and the challenges facing the village relating to affordable housing, diversity and areas in the village lacking in multifamily housing investment and new construction."

Pope said in a telephone interview that the Residence Corporation, founded in 1966, is about quality, affordability, diversity and efficiency.

"We're setting an example for other communities in the region and doing it as efficiently as possible, so it could have the largest impact possible," he said.

Pope said he aims to maintain and manage the buildings the Residence Corporation owns across the village.

"But we're also looking to opportunities to expand the Residence Corporation's impact through acquisition of new buildings," he said.


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Michael Nevins  

Posted: July 16th, 2017 8:57 PM

PS - I am NOT being critical of the VMA. My point is to question the "wisdom" of having any one who once served in a political office which once made decisions regarding the funding of a quasi-public organization - being allowed to have a future PAID position with such an organization....ever.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 16th, 2017 8:56 PM

Establishing affordable housing options for people dealing with physical challenges was a pledge made by David Pope and his fellow trustees when he served as Village President. Sadly, that promise was not been fulfilled. There still remains a lack of adaptable rental units in our community. I trust in his new position Pope will reaffirm his commitment to address those needs.

Michael Nevins  

Posted: July 16th, 2017 8:38 PM

Nothing against Mr. Pope - I personally don't know him - but I'm wondering about a quasi-governmental organization (I know that ResCorp is partially funded by VOP and, coincidentally, Mr. Pope when he was Village President), with a Board with many VMA members (including a VOP Board Member who served with Mr. Pope), choosing someone for Executive Director that the VMA once supported for office? I'm assuming that this is a well-paid position and "concerned" that putting a person who served on the village board (as noted in the 2nd paragraph as "a decade of experience in public life) is a Pandora's Box precedent that should never be opened.

David McCammond Watts  

Posted: July 16th, 2017 1:27 PM

What a coup for ResCorp! Good luck to David Pope in the new position and congratulations to ResCorp on a great choice to lead the organization.

Jenna Brown Russell  

Posted: July 15th, 2017 2:29 PM

Congratulations David. With the current tax levies, you certainly have a challenging task ahead to expand the organization's mission in this village. Best wishes!

Tom Braam  

Posted: July 15th, 2017 9:08 AM

Great news for OP

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