A governing body of seven commissioners develops the policies and goals of the housing authority. This board is made up of volunteers who are appointed by the Mayor of St. Petersburg and confirmed by the City Council. However, the housing authority is not a city department, but is an independent quasi-governmental entity and a political subdivision of the State of Florida, operating under Chapter 421 Florida Statutes.

Dr. Delphinia Davis

Chair

On February 25, 2016, Commissioner Davis was re-elected as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the third consecutive year. She previously served the board as its Vice-Chair and as the chair of the Finance Committee. Originally appointed to the board by the St. Petersburg City Council in December 2009, Commissioner Davis was reaffirmed on March 6, 2014. Her current term ends on November 30, 2017.

With a dual background in engineering and accounting, Commissioner Davis is a State Certified General Contractor and holds degrees from Florida A & M University and an MBA from Webster University. She also holds a PhD in Accounting.

Commissioner Davis is a board member for the YWCA Tampa Bay and a member of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Suncoast Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, the National Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the National Women’s Executive, the American General Contractor’s Association, the National Association of Equal Opportunity (NAFEO), Who’s Who Among Women Engineers, the National Association for Female Executives, the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, the National Association for Equal Opportunity, the North Florida Builders Association, the National Society of Cost Estimators, and the National Association of Professional Women.

Harry Harvey

Vice-Chair

On February 25, 2016, Commissioner Harvey was elected as the board’s Vice-Chair for the second consecutive year. Originally appointed to the board in December 1996, Commissioner Harvey was reaffirmed in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012, with his current term ending in December 2016. He served as the board’s Chairman from May 2006 through February 2009 and also previously served as Vice-Chair.

Commissioner Harvey earned his degree in psychology from Talladega College. He was employed by the Department of Children and Families from August 10, 1970, until his retirement on August 10, 2002. In addition, he retired in 2002 from the United States Army Reserves as a Sergeant First Class with 23 years of service. Commissioner Harvey is presently employed as a District Manager for Voter Registration and Education for the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Commissioner Harvey is a member of McCabe United Methodist Church and serves as the Assistant Secretary and Membership Chairperson for the St. Petersburg Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, active in the Eta Rho Chapter and a member of the State Council of the Florida State Organization of the Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc. Commissioner Harvey also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum.

Dr. Basha P. Jordan Jr

Commissioner

Commissioner Jordan joined the board in September 2016, filling a vacant seat. As an ordained minister for 39 years, Commissioner Jordan is the founder of Hope Alive Ministry Deliverance Fellowship/House of Hope, which helps inner city residents find hope and inspiration. He established his ministry in St. Petersburg in 2004, and he also serves the local community as a member of the St. Petersburg chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Jordan Park Nostalgic Association, the Seven by Seven evangelistic movement, and a group of St. Petersburg pastors who pray together weekly known as The Gathering.

Commissioner Jordan received his Doctorate of Ministry in 1984 from Drew University, and he earned certification as a Supervised Addictions Counselor in 2002. Additionally, he is a contributor to the Weekly Challenger newspaper and WRXB-AM radio station as an addictions expert.

Jo Ann Nesbitt

Commissioner

Commissioner Nesbitt joined the board in October 2015, filling a vacant seat. She has more than 20 years of experience in community development and human services. Most recently, Commissioner Nesbitt served as the Executive Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Family Center, Inc., in Clearwater. She also has worked to coordinate literacy programs and other social, human, and community service initiatives through organizations such as the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County.

A former Realtor, Commissioner Nesbitt was the Owner/President of Buyer Basics, a first-time homebuyer assistance company, from 1995 to 1999. She also served as the Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. from 1993 to 1995.

From 2003 to 2006, Commissioner Nesbitt was a member of the City of St. Petersburg’s Human Relations Review Board. She also was a past member of the Front Porch Florida Community Development Association’s Board and of Operation PAR, Inc.’s Interfaith Advisory Board.

Commissioner Nesbitt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 2002 and her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management in 2004 from the Springfield College of Human Services in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Stewart O. Olson

Commissioner

Commissioner Olson joined the board in March 2015, filling a vacant seat. He is an attorney, working as a sole practitioner and specializing in real estate law. He has extensive real estate-related litigation experience, providing real estate and business transactional representation of clients and lenders. As such, he is very familiar with commercial and residential real estate development in St. Petersburg.

Commissioner Olson also served honorably in the United States Army and the Army Reserves. He transferred to retired status in 2000, with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Commissioner Olson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.

Dr. Arnett Smith

Commissioner Emeritus

Dr. Smith served on SPHA’s Board of Commissioners from July 2004 to July 2011. In October 2011, the full board voted unanimously to create the title of “Commissioner Emeritus” and selected Dr. Smith as the first former Commissioner to serve the housing authority in this honorary advisory position. 

Tony Love

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Love serves as the board’s sole employee, with the responsibility of the day-to-day administration of SPHA and its programs. Well known in the assisted housing industry, Mr. Love has dedicated his 37 year career to providing affordable housing and to improving the quality of life for tenants.

As a recognized industry leader, Mr. Love served on the Board of Directors for the Housing Authority Insurance Group and the Board of Trustees for the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA).  Locally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board (HLB).

Before moving to Florida, Mr. Love served as the Executive Director of the Inkster Housing Commission in Inkster, Michigan from 2000 to 2015. He also has performed management roles at the Detroit (Michigan) Housing Commission, the Galveston (Texas) Housing Authority, the Harris County (Texas) Housing Commission, and the Baytown (Texas) Housing Commission.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University and completed an extension program from Western Michigan University in Public Administration. Mr. Love also has the distinction of completing the PHADA Executive Director’s Education Program.

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