MEND appoints first female president

Eileen Wirth, a veteran in affordable housing management and finance, is the new president and chief executive officer.

The Board of Trustees of Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND) announced that Eileen Wirth, a veteran in affordable housing management and finance, is the new president and chief executive officer. Wirth is the first woman to serve in this position in MEND’s more than 50 year history. She succeeds Matthew Reilly, who announced his planned retirement earlier this year after serving as MEND’s President and CEO since 2001.

As MEND’s new leader, Wirth, of Plainsboro, will be responsible for continuing the nonprofit organization’s mission of providing safe and affordable rental housing to senior citizens, persons with disabilities and families of low and moderate income. She will maintain MEND’s municipal partnerships in Southern New Jersey and direct a staff of 18 affordable rental housing management and maintenance professionals.

With more than 32 years of affordable housing and related experience, Wirth most recently served as president and CEO of Octavia Hill Association, a Philadelphia-based rental housing owner and management company. She started her career with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, serving in various multi-family asset management and financial positions. From there, Wirth held private sector leadership positions, including: Senior Director of Housing for Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey; Assistant Director of Affordable Housing for Presby’s Inspired Life and Executive Property Manager for Community Realty Management.

Wirth has certifications with the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), as a National Affordable Housing Professional® Executive (NAHP-e®) and as a Specialist in Housing Credit Management®. Holding a Certified Property Manager® designation. She is an active member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), where she served as Chapter President for multiple years, as well as the National Regional Vice President. Wirth is a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville with a concentration in finance for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.