St. Louis County Housing Authority Hires New Executive Director

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (January 4, 2021) – The Housing Authority of St. Louis County has hired Shannon Koenig as its new executive director.

After a national search, the housing authority board of commissioners unanimously selected Koenig to serve as the authority’s new executive director. She begins Jan. 19 and replaces Susan Rollins, who retired after 13 years in that role.

Koenig currently serves as Deputy Director of Human Services and County Housing Officer for St. Louis County. In those roles, she leads the development of strategy and oversees the administration of affordable housing and homeless services programs.Koenig currently serves as Deputy Director of Human Services and County Housing Officer for St. Louis County. In those roles, she leads the development of strategy and oversees the administration of affordable housing and homeless services programs.

“Shannon’s passion and commitment to the community makes her a great fit for the housing authority and the board’s vision to not only connect with the county but state and federal governments to bring about significant change in the community,” said Bishop Calvin Scott, chairman of the housing authority board. “She is already a stakeholder, already building the relationships that are so critical and we can build on that. We are looking forward to working with her.”

Koenig has nearly two decades of policy experience on issues relating to housing, community development, human services, economic development, tax credits, higher education, and workforce development. She has been responsible for coordinating the County’s most ambitious housing initiatives including forming the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Task Force, playing an instrumental role in establishing the trust fund, and representing St. Louis County in efforts to redevelop public housing in Wellston. In 2020, she led the creation of the County’s Strategic Plan for Affordable Housing and Homeless Services Investments, the first in the County’s history.

“I am grateful that the board has trusted me with the opportunity to lead the housing authority,” Koenig said. “As we look to the future, the board and I are committed to listening to residents and working with the community to identify new and innovative ways to meet residents’ basic needs and promote their economic resiliency. I’m honored to continue my service to St. Louis County.”

Before working in county government, Koenig was an analyst in the Missouri state budget office. In that role, she navigated complex fiscal and policy issues impacting the state departments of labor, insurance, and economic development.

Koenig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and a Master of Public Affairs from the Harry S Truman School at the University of Missouri, where she served as a Capital Fellow.

Koenig is a native of St. Louis County and resides there now with her husband and two children.