Simone McDowell
Simone McDowell

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership recently named Simone McDowell as its vice president of communications and fund development. McDowell began in February and hit the ground running overseeing the affordable housing developer’s communications programs, community and media relations, fund development and event planning.

“The challenges that face affordable housing require an experienced and passionate staff and Simone brings with her a proven track record and wide range of expertise that will have a great impact on our mission,” said Julie Porter, president of The Housing Partnership.

She filled an open position left when Kim Graham departed to lead the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.

McDowell brings nearly two decades of marketing and communications experience, including former roles as a marketing and communications director for the American Heart Association, publicist for television network INSP, and a freelance public relations and marketing consultant.

McDowell said that she’s happy to have a role in providing affordable housing and promoting stable neighborhoods for low and moderate-income families in the area.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bowie State University and a master’s degree in management from Notre Dame of Maryland University.