Philip H. Hecht, President & Chief Executive Officer, has worked to address family homelessness in the District of Columbia for more than 25 years. In the late 1980s, he helped form the partnership of Christ Lutheran Church, Community Family Life Services, and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington that became Housing Up (formerly THC). Phil was a member of Housing Up’s board of directors for its first 25 years, serving as President from 2000 to 2003. He served in the same capacities for Housing Up Development (formerly THC Affordable Housing). Phil received Housing Up’s 15th Anniversary Appreciation Award in 2005 and the Carla B. Howery Service Award in 2015. Phil was a partner in several Washington, DC law firms for 23 years, and chaired K&L Gates LLP’s pro bono legal program for 10 years. He also served on the board of directors and as President of CFLS, and has served two terms as Council President of Housing Up’s founding member Christ Lutheran Church. He has lived in the District of Columbia since 1980, mostly in Ward 4. Phil earned a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School.
Housing Up’s mission is to provide families with opportunities to transform their lives and thrive through affordable housing and support services. Completing this mission would not be possible without the dedicated work of Housing Up’s staff. Housing Up’s staff of 90 is led by our Executive Leadership team: