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MSHDA Welcomes New Director of External Affairs

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Josh Pugh, 517-648-9093

MSHDA Welcomes New Director of External Affairs

Josh Pugh brings demonstrated record of leadership in communications, advocacy work to serve the people of Michigan

LANSING, Mich – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) today announced Josh Pugh as its new director of external affairs. Pugh will be leading housing policy development, legislative relations, market research, and communications strategy.

“Providing quality affordable housing is at the root of the most serious challenges facing our state’s future,” said MSHDA Executive Director Amy Hovey. “Josh’s passion for the state of Michigan and his demonstrated record of success in communications and advocacy will allow him to hit the ground running as we work to make housing more attainable and equitable for our neighbors all over Michigan.”

Pugh joins MSHDA with over 15 years of experience in communications and advocacy, most recently as senior director of public affairs at Detroit-based communications firm Truscott Rossman, where he led strategy and storytelling efforts for a diverse portfolio of clients. He also serves on the board of Downtown Lansing, Inc., and as vice president for the Lansing Common Football Club, a community nonprofit that also operates a semi-pro soccer team.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Executive Director Hovey’s dynamic and growing team at a pivotal time for the growth of housing in the state of Michigan,” said Pugh. “We need to build more housing and density in an equitable and sustainable way to meet the challenges of generations to come, and I’m looking forward to tackling this with our partners all over the state.”

Josh Pugh


The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.