Massey Casper is a veteran professional in the American affordable housing industry.
He has an MBA from Johnson and Wales University of Rhode Island, as well as certifications from the Project Management Institute, the Massachusetts National Association of Member Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), the National Apartment Association, and NeighborWorks America.
Massey Casper’s extensive career began with a significant period of time as a financial analyst at WinnResidential, one of the largest affordable housing property management firms in the US. After that, he worked for multiple community development corporations. , housing authorities, and non-profit divisions of housing authorities located throughout the country.
Philosophically, Massey strongly believes in finding common ground, exploring the potential for innovative partnerships, and forging cooperative alliances to develop new affordable housing and preserve existing affordable housing. Personally, he is passionate about humanitarian causes and strives every day to be at the service of those most in need in our society. In that sense, Massey is an outspoken advocate of teaching financial literacy to families from difficult socioeconomic backgrounds, and she encourages homeownership and self-sufficiency within that same group.
What are you currently doing in your company?
For the past two assignments, I have been the CEO responsible for overseeing and guiding small to medium-sized Housing Authorities. Housing Authorities are under the joint control of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city/county, and are charged with disbursing funds and grants to benefit those living in challenging socioeconomic circumstances by providing housing or grants so they can find a safe and sustainable place to call home.
Tell us about a long-term goal in your career.
I want to pastor and be a servant leader of a medium to large housing authority to achieve their mission statement. I continue to work hard to deserve and achieve that goal every day in my work and personal life, and I believe that I am on the right track to achieve it.
What is the most valuable lesson(s) you have learned throughout your career?
Practicing persistence, patience, empathy, and kindness along with a strong work ethic and not shying away from challenges is the brand value I strive to bring to my workplace every day.
What advice would you give to other people who aspire to be successful in your field?
For anyone considering a career in affordable housing, I would say it pays off to go green; listen, continually learn new things and improve in every area you can at every opportunity.
How do you maintain a solid balance between work and personal life?
I maintain a strong work-life balance by making sure I have firm boundaries between my professional and personal life. Beyond that, I make sure to encourage my associates in the organization to maintain healthy boundaries by making time to rest, rejuvenate, and spend quality time with their families. People who have a proper work-life balance are happier, healthier, and simply perform better at work. That fact has been established by many published studies.
What is the technology that helps you the most in your daily routine?
Although this may seem like a bit of a boring answer, the technology that helps me the most in my daily routine is definitely my email account. It is the way I communicate with my colleagues and anyone else I may need to contact in the performance of my duties as CEO of the Housing Authority. I couldn’t really do my job properly without it.
What has been the most difficult obstacle you have overcome?
As a leader in my workplace, one of the most recent challenges I have overcome is dealing with COVID in the workplace, associate burnout, constant staff shortages, as well as maintaining a creed of quality in hiring while time ensuring consistent delivery of premium products and meeting reporting targets and deadlines.
Who has been a role model for you and why?
My role model is my mother, who was a teacher and a single mother. She raised four children and never took no for an answer despite all the obstacles and obstacles that got in her way. She showed me every day that it is possible to chase one’s dreams, never give up or give up as long as she puts in the effort and is diligent.
What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?
Be humble. Humility costs you nothing and preserves the proper mindset needed to help those less fortunate. That aspect, along with keeping an open mind, is an important part of absorbing new information, adjusting to new situations, and learning new skills. Humility also acts as a shield against many less desirable qualities. There is no harm in being humble.
How about success?
For me, success is being in a position to improve the lives of others and helping families achieve their homeownership and education goals. Home ownership and education are the two main elements that go into unlocking a family’s ability to determine their own destiny and future on their own terms. In all my roles within the Affordable Housing industry, this approach has given me joy in seeing others move toward success and become successful.