Carol Ditmore is the Director of the Arizona Department of Housing, since her appointment by Governor Doug Ducey on September 27, 2017. With over two decades of experience in state government and senior management responsibility within Arizona’s housing programs, Ms. Ditmore brings an extensive background in all state and federal housing programs, as well as the operations of a state agency. In addition to serving in the capacity of director of this cabinet-level agency, Ms. Ditmore chairs the Board of Directors of the Arizona Home Foreclosure Prevention Funding Corporation, a nonprofit corporation established by the State to serve as the eligible entity for a federal grant through the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Ms. Ditmore also chairs the Governor’s Recidivism Reduction Goal Council Housing Subgroup, and co-chairs a long-term housing solutions subgroup, as part of a Homeless Reduction effort focused on Maricopa County's unsheltered homeless population.
Ms. Ditmore previously headed the Department’s operations for over 15 years, directing a broad portfolio of divisions and services at the agency that included legal services and procurement and overseeing annual resources totaling more than $300 million annually. She had served as Interim Director since June 2017, and for a period in 2009. Prior to the Housing Department’s launch as a new state agency in 2002, Ms. Ditmore was instrumental in the establishment of the agency’s operations while working in the Governor’s Office of Housing Development under Governor Jane D. Hull. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Ditmore had served for a number of years as a Housing Programs Manager when the State’s housing programs were housed in a division of the Arizona Department of Commerce.
Her professional history prior to working in state government included 10 years with the American Red Cross. Ms. Ditmore holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a minor in Sociology, from Pepperdine University, and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.