Mark Gillett is the Executive Director at the Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA) and the President/CEO of the Community Enhancement Corporation (CEC), effective November 2012. He began his career with the City of Wichita’s Human Services Department and started with OCHA in 1991. The team led by Mr. Gillett is committed to providing affordable housing to over 15,000 people living Oklahoma City. With an annual budget of $50 million and 225 employees, the authority strives to provide services to all eligible.
Mark’s dedication to affordable housing helped OCHA expand its community service to include homeless assistance programs. Since 2003, Mark led efforts to construct and purchase over 100 units of housing dedicated to homeless services. Mark also worked to help establish affordable assisted living in Oklahoma City, organizing an Adult Day Program, which combined public and private partners in a renovated public housing senior community. Mark was also integral during the Public Housing conversion of the first Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and Section 18 Disposition development in the State of Oklahoma, at OCHA’s Sooner Haven Property.
Mark currently serves as the President for the Public Housing Authorities Director’s Association (PHADA) and is a member of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA). Locally, Mark serves as a member on the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance Board of Directors.On a personal level, Mark is an Eagle Scout, currently the President of the Philips University Legacy Foundation, and past chair of the new church development committee for the Central Oklahoma District of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Phillips University in Enid, OK and his Masters in Political Science/Public Administration from Wichita State University. Mark and his wife Julia have three adult children.