Housing Opportunities Made Equal Appoints New Chief Executive Officer | Local business news

A longtime advocate for fair housing has been named the new president and CEO of Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia Inc., a Richmond-based nonprofit.

Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick has been named the fifth president and chief executive officer in the 50-year history of the nonprofit, known as HOME.

Fitzpatrick succeeds Heather Mullins Crislip, who served as president and CEO of HOME from 2012 to 2021 before leaving to become executive director of the Richmond Forum.

Fitzpatrick, who will take office on April 6, served on HOME’s board of directors from 2013 to 2021, including as chairman from 2015 to 2016.

He served as President of the Virginia Equal Housing Foundation from 2017-2020 and chaired HOME’s Legal Advisory Board and Policy Advisory Board.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Fitzpatrick works for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, where he is director of the Programs and Services Division and provides strategic leadership on juvenile justice programs and grants, the child protection, victim services, gun violence prevention, behavioral health, rehabilitation, adult community corrections and pre-trial programs.

Prior to joining state government, Fitzpatrick worked for the City of Richmond as Chief Deputy Warden in the Department of Human Services and as Deputy Warden in the Department of Justice Services. He also previously worked as a civil rights attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.