Princeton Community Housing Names New Executive Director

Edward Truscelli has been named the new executive director of Princeton Community Housing, a local nonprofit that has been providing affordable housing in the two Princetons since 1967.

Truscelli will replace longtime executive director Sandra Persichetti, who will retire after a decade of leading the organization. Persichetti will stay on with the organization for a transition period until the end of the year.

An architect with expertise in multifamily and senior affordable housing, Truscelli has been an advocate for and contributor to the creation of affordable housing in New Jersey for the past 20 years.  He has been a leader in the development and management of housing, and has served as a trustee and member of nonprofit affordable housing and community development groups in New Jersey.

“I’m honored to become a part of Princeton Community Housing and excited about the opportunity to work closely with the board and staff to serve our residents and the greater community,” Truscelli said of his new post. “I look forward to building upon the great work of the board, the staff and Sandra to enhance the scope of the organization, to advance its strategic goals and to continue to set the standard for excellence in affordable housing in our region.”

A graduate of Columbia University, Truscelli earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. He previously served as the vice president of planning and development for Springpoint Senior Living in Princeton. He was also an architect with Clarke Caton Hintz in Trenton, where he shared in the responsibility for the adaptive reuse of one of the former Roebling Wire Works buildings in Trenton for senior affordable housing.

Truscelli has served as a trustee of the New Jersey Community Development Corporation in Paterson since 2003,  and has been the chairman of the affordable housing committee in Hopewell Township since 1999. The work he and his colleagues did on the Marshall’s Corner-Pennytown Task Force helped Hopewell earn a 2011 award from the American Planning Association for community outreach and education efforts toward the potential development of affordable housing in a redevelopment area in that part of Hopewell.

In the future, Princeton Community Housing plans to focus on continuing partnerships with local municipalities and institutions to manage affordable rentals, and to combine resources for the purchase of “at risk” properties potentially facing foreclosure, to be converted to new affordable units.

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