Omni Development Corp. names Morris executive director

PROVIDENCE – The Omni Development Corp. has named Sharon Morris as executive director, the nonprofit development organization announced Friday.

Morris replaces Lawrence Brown, who served as executive director for two years after the death of Omni’s longtime executive director, Joseph Caffey.

Morris most recently served as the director of compliance at the National Equity Fund Inc. and has more than 19 years of experience in the affordable housing industry.

Morris is expected to begin in the new role on April 23. Until that time, Omni’s Director of Asset Management Denise Ruffin will serve as interim executive director with full operational control.

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In its announcement, the board wrote, “With Ms. Morris’ extensive background in affordable housing, and her long-standing commitment and national experience, the board looks forward to her leadership, strong advocacy and perseverance to achieve the goals the board has set for the future of Omni Development Corporation and its service to those in need of affordable housing in the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.”

According to the release sent out by Omni, Morris grew up in South Providence and graduated from Central High School.

Chris Bergenheim is PBN’s web editor.