Governor LePage Makes Maine State Housing Nominations

February 1, 2018

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the nominations of George Gervais to be director of the Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) and John Gallagher to serve on the MSHA Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to nominate both George and John to these positions,” said Governor LePage. “Our administration has made great strides in making Maine State Housing a more effective and efficient organization for the people it serves. George will bring strong management skills to the position from his current position as DECD Commissioner, and John, as the immediate past director, will be an important asset to the board during this transition.”

Gervais, of North Yarmouth, prior to becoming Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), served as assistant commissioner, development program manager and business development specialist at DECD since 2008. DECD administers the Community Development Block Grants, which invest about $2.7 million annually in housing efforts statewide.

Prior to joining DECD, Gervais served as senior loan officer at Carteret Mortgage Corp. and Dedicated Mortgage Associates, LLC. He also founded Grill Concepts, Inc., and EVO, Inc.

Gervais holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine Orono.

“I am grateful to Governor LePage for this nomination. Access to housing is fundamental to a strong economy, attracting and retaining a vibrant workforce, and supporting Maine’s senior citizens. If confirmed, I look forward to building upon the strong foundation and implementing the strategic vision that Maine State Housing has established under John Gallagher’s leadership,” said Commissioner Gervais.

John Gallagher retired as director of MSHA in November 2017 having served since his appointment by Governor LePage and subsequent confirmation in 2012.

Prior to becoming MSHA director, Gallagher served as executive director of Westbrook Housing Authority and president of Westbrook Development Corporation. His past experience includes service as program manager for the Development Division at MSHA. He has more than 20 years of experience in residential real estate.

Gallagher is certified and trained in public housing management, multi-family housing development finance, and housing credit underwriting. He has held seats on the boards of the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors, Residential Initiatives for Maine, the Southern Maine Affordable Rental Housing Coalition, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and Avesta Housing.