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Robin Hughes

President & CEO

Abode Communities

Manager biography

Robin Hughes, CDT Board Member

Robin Hughes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Abode Communities, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit architect, developer, manager and operator of service-enhanced affordable housing. She has been actively involved in affordable housing and community development for over 35 years and in her 26 years as leader of Abode Communities, Hughes has transformed the organization into an Affordable Housing Finance Top 50 Developer nationwide and the premier provider of environmentally sustainable affordable housing in California.

Under Hughes’ leadership, Abode Communities has developed more than 50 residential and mixed-use communities; created new affordable homes for over 12,000 California residents and provided a social safety net through Beyond Homes, the organization’s substantive resident services program. Hughes is an industry leader in housing policy at the local, state and federal level. She serves or has served on numerous boards, task forces and advisory bodies where she continues to advocate for resources, programs and policies to support the production and preservation of affordable housing for low-income residents. 

Currently, Hughes actively serves on the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) as Board Chair; California Housing Consortium (CHC) as Vice Board Chair; and board/council member for California Community Reinvestment Corporation (CCRC), Community Development Trust (CDT); and the UCLA Ziman Center Affordable Housing Advisory Council. Hughes was chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, a member of the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Board of Los Angeles, and has served on the board of directors for organizations such as Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, Low Income Investment Fund, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and Mercy Housing California. Prior to joining Abode Communities, Hughes held positions in the private and public sectors including The Richmond Group of Companies, Citibank, the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, and the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

Her experience is highlighted by four years as City Planning Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles. Hughes was recognized by Huffington Post as “Person of the Day and Women in Business as Outstanding Nonprofit Director. Hughes was recognized by Commercial Observer as Top 25 Real Estate Leaders in Los Angeles. She also won Black Business Association’s Executive Leadership Award and was featured on the cover of National Real Estate Investor as “Champion of Affordable Housing.”