Berkeley Housing Authority Names New Acting Manager

By Suzanne La Barre
Friday July 21, 2006

The embattled Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) has a new acting manager, Housing Department Director Stephen Barton announced Thursday. 

Tia Ingram, former Berkeley Housing Authority manager and current employee for the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda, accepted the job, a six-month appointment effective July 31. BHA Acting Manager Beverli Marshall, who was on loan from the Berkeley Public Library where she was finance manager, returns to her regular position. 

Ingram has worked as the eligibility services manager for the Alameda County Housing Authority for five years. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Richmond Housing Authority. 

In the city of Berkeley, she has worked for both the Housing Authority and the Berkeley Community Development Department. She was previously Berkeley Housing Authority manager for about a year and a half, Barton said. 

She reenters the position as the agency struggles to correct a laundry list of administrative deficiencies, or risk dissolution or other consequences . Ingram is the agency’s fourth manager in four years. 

“We’re extremely happy someone with this experience and background is willing to make this commitment to a housing authority that is as troubled as the Berkeley Housing Authority,” Barton said Wednesday. 

Ingram will earn an annual salary of $101,000. She could not be reached to comment by press time.