Andrew J. Mooney has served as the Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) since November 2010.
Under Commissioner Mooney's leadership, HED promotes economic development by helping existing businesses grow and by attracting new industry to the city. The department also leads Chicago’s affordable housing, housing preservation and community-based homebuyer assistance programs, as well as the city’s zoning, land use planning, sustainability and historic preservation initiatives.
Commissioner Mooney served as executive director of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) prior to joining HED. Through his leadership it became one of the nation’s leading community development agencies. Commissioner Mooney also served concurrently as the managing director of the national Institute for Comprehensive Community Development.
Commissioner Mooney has devoted his career to community development and has held leadership positions in a number of agencies. Early in his career, he was executive director and chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), then the second-largest public housing agency in the nation with 50,000 residential units. In more recent years, the mayor appointed him to a second term on the CHA Board, where he assisted in authoring the CHA’s “Plan for Transformation”. Commissioner Mooney also served as president of an economic development organization and ran his own consulting firm before coming to LISC. He has been on the governing boards of a number of public and private agencies, including the CHicago's Community Development Commission and the Mayor’s Commission on Property Tax Assessment, which he chaired, as well as ACCION/Chicago, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Teachers Housing Resource Center. He served as a member of the Knight Foundation’s Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Lambda Alpha honor society.
A native of Chicago, Commissioner Mooney is a graduate, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, of the University of Notre Dame, and of the University of Chicago, where he was a Danforth Fellow. He lives in downtown Chicago with his wife Mary Laraia.