Edselle Keith Cunningham, Jr. (Keith) serves as the Executive Director for the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC); appointed by the LHC’s Board of Directors in January of 2017. Keith is committed to fulfilling the mission of the agency in providing housing opportunities for all people in the State of Louisiana.
Over the last ten years, Keith has served LHC in many capacities. Prior to his appointment, he served as Interim Executive Director, Executive Counsel, and General Counsel where he managed bond financing, legislation, trial law, court procedure and established policies and procedures for state agencies. As Executive Director, Keith provides leadership and vision to ensure LHC effectively manages its programs, assists Louisiana residents in solving housing needs, and works toward achieving LHC’s mission.
Keith received a Bachelor’s of Arts in History at Southern University and A&M College, and Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center. His legal career began by working with his father, Edselle K. Cunningham, Sr. at the Law Offices of Cunningham and Associates. Shortly thereafter, Keith served as a law clerk for Judge Janice Clark in the 19th Judicial District Court Division “D” in Baton Rouge. In addition, he worked at the Department of Elections and Registration, and the Louisiana Serve Commission. Working in the public sector cultivated a passion and drive to establish a career in public services. That passion motivated him to continue the path of public service because as he states, “Helping others is what we are here for.”
To enrich his professional growth and development, Keith has received certifications from the National Development Council and Fair Housing Training Academy. He also attended the University Norte Dame’s Mendoza College of Business executive development program designed for State Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs).
Keith is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers, National Bar Association, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Keith was born in Ruston, Louisiana and raised in Baton Rouge. He is married with four children and resides in Baton Rouge