Darnell Williams

Darnell Williams
SVP – Property Operations
Eden Housing

As SVP of Property Operations, Williams leads the operational activities of Eden Housing’s affiliates, including Eden Housing Management Inc. (EHMI) and Eden Housing Resident Services, Inc. (EHRSI). He helps ensure that Eden’s 400+ site and resident services staff are supported and trained and that the properties remain fiscally sound and well-maintained while offering a comprehensive resident services component. Williams works closely in partnership with Eden’s Executive Team in formulating and administering the organization’s polices, goals and objectives.

In his previous role as Vice President of Asset Management, Williams was responsible for the daily oversight of the Asset Management team, which manages Eden’s portfolio of assets totaling $2 billion with combined annual operating revenue of more than $175 million. He also managed various key relationships with Eden’s stakeholders, agency partners, investors, and the greater financial community. Among his many accomplishments, Williams spearheaded the overhaul of Eden’s rent policy by leading a cross-functional team, resulting in a more equitable and transparent set of policies for the organization’s residents.

Darnell is also a leader in the California affordable housing sector and is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and events, including Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) and Housing California, among others.

Darnell has 12 years of direct Asset Management experience in affordable and market-rate housing with non-profit and for-profit organizations. He joined Eden in 2018 after working in asset management positions with MidPen Housing and The Bascom Group. After leading Eden’s team for two years, he was promoted to Senior Director of Asset Management in 2020.

Under Darnell’s leadership, his team created a new method of risk rating Eden’s portfolio to focus the work to be most impactful for Eden, its properties, and residents. The department has refined the property budgeting process to improve tools for property teams and centralized data entry. He also applies an equity lens across all of his department’s work, including a commitment to equity in rent policies—and has developed a new, more equitable, burden-based rent increase policy for Eden.

Darnell Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Systems and Business Administration from Truman State University and is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP).