Cashauna Hill, a former assistant city attorney, will replace James Perry as executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, the nonprofit agency announced Friday.
Perry stepped down in October after more than a decade at the helm of the center.
Hill, who was selected following a national search that drew more than 100 applicants, will begin work Monday.
Hill most recently was an assistant city attorney. Before that, she worked as a staff attorney, specializing in fair housing cases, for both the Oregon Law Center and the Fair Housing Action Center.
She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta and Tulane University Law School.
“I am thrilled to return to the Fair Housing Action Center,” Hill said in a statement. “I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with James directly and see how his leadership and tenacity transformed the center into the thriving organization that it is today, and I look forward to continuing his good work to ensure that all Louisianians are granted fair access to housing that meets their needs.”
Perry has been splitting his time recently among New Orleans; New York, where his wife hosts a talk show; and North Carolina, where she teaches.
Perry is married to MSNBC talk show host and former Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry. She left Tulane in August to accept a job at Wake Forest University. The couple has two daughters.
The announcement of Perry’s replacement comes just days after his deputy, Assistant Director Kate Scott, stepped down from her post. Scott, who, like Perry, had been with the agency for a decade, resigned Tuesday. She did not give a reason for her departure and said she has not decided what she will do next.
“Though I remain steadfast in my commitments to equity and social justice in New Orleans, it has become clear that my relations to the work that remains to be done need to change,” Scott wrote in a blog post on the agency’s website.
The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center was created in 1995 with the mission of eradicating housing discrimination in the New Orleans region.
The agency routinely audits the New Orleans housing market in an effort to uncover bias and discrimination.
Among its more high-profile actions was a lawsuit filed against St. Bernard Parish. The case resulted in a civil settlement that required the parish to pay $2.5 million after the Department of Justice accused it of having violated the Fair Housing Act by limiting rental housing opportunities to African-Americans over several years.