Carson City – At its July 19 meeting, the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) Board of Commissioners voted to approve Bill Brewer as the agency’s new executive director. This appointment comes after former Executive Director Gary Longaker’s retirement from the authority after 15 years of leadership. Prior to his appointment, Brewer served as NRHA deputy director since 2015.
“The Board is thrilled to welcome Bill into the director role, and we’re confident he is the leader to continue the success NRHA has seen over the past 15 years,” said Chairwoman of the Board Rose Cook. “He has the experience, passion and vision for the future to ensure NRHA thrives, and there is no one more dedicated to housing and helping rural Nevadans than Bill.”
Brewer has spent his entire professional life developing, enhancing and supporting the rural lifestyle. Serving in roles ranging from high school agriculture instructor to housing authority leader, his commitment to rural residents has never wavered.
Thirty years ago, he began working for the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). In 1994, he became the first housing program director for the new Nevada State Office of FmHA, which subsequently became the state office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. During his tenure as program director at USDA, Brewer was responsible for the investment of more than $1 billion in rural Nevada, assisting hundreds of families with their dream of homeownership and providing decent, safe, and affordable rental housing to seniors and families throughout rural Nevada.
Brewer has extensive experience developing and implementing single- and multi-family housing programs, fostering public-private partnerships, and overseeing all aspects of loan making and loan servicing. He was awarded the County Supervisor of the Year for Nevada and the State Director’s “Going the Extra Mile” Award in 2011. He was also appointed to the Nevada Housing Division Advisory Committee and the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee.
Brewer is also a long-time member of the Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has served on its Board of Directors for 10 years. In 2004, he was awarded the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. In 2009, he received the President of the United State’s Volunteer Service Award.
Brewer attended Oklahoma State University, and taught vocational agriculture there for several years. He and his wife of 41 years have four children and are now enjoying eight grandchildren. His free time is spent with family, actively serving in his church and volunteering.
About the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA)
Nevada Rural Housing Authority’s mission is to promote, provide and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans. NRHA does this through homeownership programs, rental services, community development initiatives and an exclusive Weatherization program. The Authority serves Nevada’s 15 rural counties and the rural portions of Clark and Washoe Counties – a coverage area of 110,000 square miles and home to more than 1.3 million Nevadans. For more information, visit www.nvrural.org.