D. Gary Longaker: Nevada Rural Housing Authority

Meet D. Gary Longaker, Executive Director, Nevada Rural Housing Authority.Executive Director
Carson City

How did you first get into your profession?
While attending college in 1973, I joined a National Guard unit. My Battalion Commander liked my organizational skills and hired me to work for a newly formed state housing financing agency in Oklahoma.

What was the toughest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
If you don’t have patience and take the long view, you might give up on things before you should. We started thinking about the Home At Last project in 2004, and got it off the ground in 2006. Since then we’ve helped more than 2,200 Nevada families into homes.

What do you like most about your industry?
That we get to help people improve their housing conditions and their quality of life, whether that’s through subsidies or helping families buy homes.