J. Michael Pitchford presently serves as the President and CEO of Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC). Founded in 1989, CPDC is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to expanding the supply of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region. Wherever possible, CPDC works to invest in communities with a technological infrastructure and on-site educational and economic empowerment programs for the residents. CPDC has completed over 4,700 units of housing and has over 400 units under construction at present.
Previously Mr. Pitchford led the Community Development Equity Group at Bank of America Corporation in Charlotte, NC. The Group developed or rehabilitated 23,000 units of affordable housing and increased equity commitments 3,000% during his ten years leading the organization.
Mr. Pitchford has participated in or led numerous associations, workshops, conferences, and forums on housing policy, community development, and the sharing of best practices. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Boards Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, the Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition, the National Housing Conference, the Housing Partnership Network and the Housing Partnership Equity Trust. He is a lecturer and adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is a Past Chairman of the Affordable Housing Council of ULI and is a Past Chairman of the National Housing Conference. Mr. Pitchford earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University.