Birmingham, Alabama (November 20, 2019) — Adrian Peterson-Fields, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) has accepted a new senior leadership role at BGC Advantage, a Louisiana-based affordable housing development, consulting, and management firm.
In her role as Vice President of Operations and Strategy, Peterson-Fields will lead a team of affordable housing development professionals with the goal of setting a high standard of residential living that enables financially and socially stable families. Her expertise will help BGC Advantage ensure sustainable change through an even greater commitment to providing wrap-around social services for its residents.
In addition to Petersen-Fields’ three-year tenure at HABD, her professional career in affordable housing includes more than 17 years in various roles with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but her motivation is deeply personal. Peterson-Fields spent her childhood in and near public housing communities in east Birmingham.
She vividly recalls her life at Birmingham’s Marks Village, fenced in on all sides by active railroad tracks. “Many of my friends and family members lived in Marks Village, Harris Homes, and Morton Simpson. It was home to me,” she said. “My grandmother lived in Marks Village in the Gate City community where I spent many weekends and summers. My time there shaped my conviction that affordable housing is not just bricks and mortar but a platform to help families thrive and prosper.”
Passionate about addressing the challenges thousands of low-income families face, she shares the BGC Advantage mission to improve not only the physical condition but also the long-term outlook for residents of affordable housing.
“Building housing is the first step. The challenge is creating access to the American Dream of home ownership, personal growth, and financial stability,” Fields said. “We have to be intentional about guiding families to a path of job advancement and long-term opportunity. This is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and ensuring it becomes a “resting stop” and not a permanent destination.”
BGC Advantage CEO Holly Knight said, “Peterson-Fields’ extensive background at HUD, her management experience at HABD, and her personal connection to issues surrounding public housing makes her the natural choice to lead our affordable housing developments.”
“As we continue to grow and expand our services, we are committed to recruiting the highest caliber professionals with demonstrated commitment to serving families in need through preservation and development of affordable housing,” Knight said. “We look forward to the leadership and creative housing concepts that Peterson-Fields will bring to BGC Advantage.”
The new position brings an expanded Alabama presence for the company which has offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas. The BGC Advantage portfolio today includes more than 100 residential communities and more than 4000 units of affordable housing in 10 states.