Erik Johnston serves as Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Governor Ralph Northam appointed him on January 15, 2018. Erik is responsible for management and oversight of the agency, which provides community development, economic development and housing program support to communities across the Commonwealth. The Department also focuses on encouraging regional collaboration between localities and other key sectors and administers statewide building codes. Erik provides policy and legislative support to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. He serves as ex-official member of the Board of Commissioners of the Virginia Housing Development Authority and as the Governor’s state alternate for the Appalachian Regional Commission. Erik grew up in the Roanoke Valley and now resides in Chesterfield. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Mary Washington and his master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech.
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Main Street Center
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219