Board of Commissioners
JEFFERY B. JACKSON
Mr. Jackson was appointed to the Board in 2014, elected Vice Chairman in May 2016 and, in December 2019, voted Chairman. He works as a Captain for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and has served on multiple boards, including the Riviera Beach CRA's nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Mr. Jackson has a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a master's degree.
Ms. Thurmond was appointed to the Board in May 2016 as a Resident Commissioner and, in December 2019, was voted Vice Chairwoman. She currently resides in one of the homes that the RBHA acquired and rehabilitated under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). She is the owner of a small child care center, which she launched after working for more than 12 years with the School District of Palm Beach County. Ms. Thurmond is a twice-over graduate of Palm Beach State College: a first degree in Early Education and Childhood Development and then, in the same month she was named Vice Chair, a second degree, this time in Business Administration.
HORACE L. TOWNS
Mr. Towns was appointed in April 2017, replacing longtime board member and former Board Chairman Artice (Art) Cobb, Jr. Mr. Towns is also a member and mentor with the School District of Palm Beach County's School Board Task Force for Education. He has extensive experience in municipal government and is a graduate of Indian River State College with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
GLEN L. SPIRITIS, PhD.
Dr. Spiritis was appointed to the Board in March 2019, by then-Mayor Thomas A. Masters. The New York native has extensive experience in community development, urban planning and land use. He has doctorate and master's degrees in Urban & Environmental Studies and has worked in municipal, county and state governments.
Ms. Lockhart was appointed to the Board by Mayor Ronnie L. Felder in May 2020, our most-recent appointee. She is a 2018 graduate of Florida A & M University with a degree in Public Relations, a field she has been working in ever since. She is CEO of Lockhart District, a community-focused modeling agency, and currently works as Communications Director for Faith’s Place Center for Arts Education in West Palm Beach.
JOHN W. HURT
Mr. Hurt has served as Executive Director since 2011. A public housing professional and consultant since 1984, he is the former deputy executive director of the Detroit Housing Commission and has acted as a consultant or held executive positions at numerous housing agencies around the country, including the Middletown Public Housing Agency, Housing Authority of Atlanta and the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. He is also a former real estate broker and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Urban Studies.