Colleen M. Fisher

Executive Director
Council for Affordable and Rural Housing
Alexandria, VA

Colleen M. Fisher has served as the Executive Director of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) since 1996. CARH represents the interests of over 300 companies that are involved in the building, development, financing, management and ownership of housing in rural areas across the country.

Prior to joining CARH, Ms. Fisher was the Industry Relations Manager in the Resolution Trust Corporation’s (RTC) National Marketing Department in Washington, DC,  Vice President for Government Relations for the National Apartment Association (NAA) and as a Legislative Assistant for former Senator Richard S. Schweiker (R-PA).  She was also a Majority Professional Staff member on the United States Senate Appropriations Committee, where she worked for former Senator Jake Garn (R-UT) on the HUD-VA and Independent Agencies Subcommittee.

Ms. Fisher serves on the Board of Directors for the National Affordable Housing Preservation Associates, Inc. (NAHPA) and the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts Council and is a member of Fannie Mae’s Rural Duty to Serve Advisory Council.  She is a past member of the Advisory Board for the Housing and Development Reporter (HDR) and Fannie Mae’s National Housing Advisory Council.

Ms. Fisher earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and her Master’s degree from George Washington University.