Jennifer Tidwell, joined Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department in June of 2017 as the Section Manager. Ms. Tidwell currently serves as the Division Manager of Housing. From November 2013 to January 2017, Jennifer Tidwell was the Regional Administrator for Region VII at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During her tenure at HUD, Ms. Tidwell supervised the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. She led a number of initiatives which included Strong Cities, Strong Communities, two Choice Neighborhood communities, Jobs Plus, a digital divide initiative for public housing residents named Connect HOME and a Disaster Resiliency Grant for the State of Iowa and City of Dubuque that will change the landscape of many of the small communities experiencing flood disasters. In addition, Ms. Tidwell managed a number of community needs assessment for a number of cities; and spearheaded veterans’ initiatives and homeless programs across the region. Prior to HUD, Ms. Tidwell was employed by the Missouri Housing Development Commission as the Deputy Director of Public Policy. In her position at MHDC, she led the Tax Credit Administration Department and the Government Affairs/Budget Division. Ms. Tidwell collaborated with agencies and cities across Missouri to create the MBE/WBE Initiative and strengthen the Section 3 Program. During her previous employment with MHDC, she worked with stakeholders to assist in the passage of the Housing Trust Fund and a number of legislative accomplishments regarding housing tax credits and tax increment financing across Missouri. In 2001, Jennifer was appointed by the Governor of Missouri to serve as one of the three commissioners on the Missouri Tax Commission, supervising 115 county assessors regarding property taxes. The Missouri Tax Commission has supervisory authority over the state’s utility, telecommunications, electric, pipelines, and railroad companies.