Board of Commissioners 

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JEFFERY B. JACKSON

Chairman

Mr.  Jackson was appointed to the Board in 2014, elected Vice Chairman in May 2016 and, in December 2019, voted Chairman.  He was re-elected as Chairman in May 2021. He retired as a Captain for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and has serves on multiple boards, including the Riviera Beach CRA's nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC). Mr. Jackson has a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a master's degree.

 

 

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JESSICA THURMOND 

Vice Chairwoman

Ms. Thurmond was appointed to the Board in May 2016 as a Resident Commissioner and, in December 2019, was voted Vice Chairwoman. She was re-elected as Vice Chairwoman in May 2021. She currently resides in one of the homes that the RBHA owns under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  She is the owner of a small childcare center. She worked 12 years with the School District of Palm Beach County. Ms. Thurmond holds two degrees from Palm Beach State College: a degree in Early Education and Childhood Development, and a second degree in  Business Administration. 

 

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HORACE L. TOWNS

Commissioner

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.

Commissioner

 

​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. He is currently a consultant in the development of affordable housing.

 

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ALEXIS LOCKHART

Commissioner

 

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. 

 

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JOHN W. HURT

Executive Director

Mr. Hurt has served as Executive Director since 2011.  A public housing professional and consultant since 1984. He and has held executive positions at numerous housing agencies around the country, including the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, Detroit Housing Commission, Housing Authority of Atlanta, Middletown Public Housing Agency, and has worked as a consultant across the country and Puerto Rico. A former real estate broker, he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Urban Studies.