ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services has named its temporary leadership, as Patricia Paolangeli has been promoted to Acting Executive Director of the affordable housing development and management organization.

Paolangeli, whose promotion was announced by the organization Tuesday, was already the organization’s finance director and will continue in that role as well until a permanent executive director is named. The move comes over two months after Johanna Anderson announced her resignation from leading INHS; she has taken a new role as president of Tompkins Community Bank’s central New York market.

Patricia Paolangeli, new Acting Executive Director of INHS. Credit: Jon Reis /

“It’s an honor and a privilege to step into the role of Acting Executive Director for INHS,” Paolangeli is quoted in the organization’s press release. “Over my many years at INHS I have gained significant knowledge and experience in all aspects of the organization. I am confident in my temporary role, and with the support of the Board of Directors and senior management staff, that INHS will continue to fulfill its mission while we search for a permanent replacement. I have, and always will, support INHS’s mission, and am proud to be a part of an organization that promotes affordable housing opportunities to members of the communities we serve.”

Paolangeli has worked with the organization since 1997. Once Anderson’s tenure is over at the end of the month, Anderson will have served as executive director for nearly six years. She took over in 2017 for Paul Mazzarella, who had held the position for 27 years.

A search committee for a permanent replacement has not been specifically identified, though the organization stated that it will consist of staff, members of the Board of Directors and community leaders.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at