Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay

Chrystal Kornegay
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02110


Chrystal Kornegay’s passion for creating projects and programs that result in stronger communities for modest income working families is evidenced throughout her 20+ years’ experience in community development.  In January 2015, Ms. Kornegay became the Baker Polito Administration’s Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development.  Prior to that, Chrystal was Urban Edge’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  In that role she combined a laser focus on excellence with keen business management skills to result in a 20% growth in revenue, a 10% growth in the affordable housing portfolio and a 10% growth in the number of households served.  

Chrystal’s deep belief that service and partnership are keys to increased social equity led her to serve on numerous boards and advisory committees including Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and the National Housing Trust.  She is a 2012 graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College.

Chrystal is known for her directness and good humor.  She enjoys cities, traveling to discover our world and spending time with family and friends.