Metro Development and Housing Agency executive director Phil Ryan offered his resignation Monday, after serving for 11 years in the agency’s top job.
Ryan, whose full career at MDHA spans 21 years, will ask the agency’s board of commissioners to make the move official at its monthly meeting tomorrow. He offered little explanation for the move in an agency release announcing his decision. A spokesman said the agency would not be providing further comment until the board acts on Tuesday.
“I am fortunate to have worked with the dedicated and proud MDHA team for more than two decades,” Ryan said. “Our focus has been on serving more than 28,000 residents we house, on sustainable downtown and on neighborhood redevelopment. I’ve given my all to the job, seven days a week, and after much thought, I feel now is a good time to pursue other career opportunities.”
The agency highlighted a number of MDHA accomplishments under Ryan’s leadership, including the acquisition of land for the Music City Center, and the creation of redevelopment plans for the banks of the Cumberland River.
“Phil has pursued efficiency and service to our residents and Nashville’s citizens untiringly,” said MDHA board chairman Ralph Mosley, in a statement. “We wish him the best. MDHA will continue striving to fulfill its mission to create affordable housing opportunities for Nashvillians, nurture our neighborhoods, and build a greater downtown.”