CIHA president joins ATHENA Society

Carol Gore, Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) president and chief executive officer, was inducted into the Anchorage chapter of the ATHENA Society on April 6 at its 2009 Annual Luncheon at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Inductees are selected for their professional excellence, commitment to community and encouragement of the leadership potential of women.

Gore has been developing and managing commercial and residential real estate for more than 20 years. While at the helm of CIHA, she has mapped a new strategic direction for the organization, focusing on developing quality affordable housing and housing programs in the CIRI region.

CIHA established two social enterprise organizations during Gore’s tenure. The Cook Inlet Lending Center is a nonprofit organization and community development finance institution. It serves as CIHA’s lending arm. Cook Inlet Real Estate Services is a partnership with Re/Max Properties Inc. owner Mark Korting that provides residential sales and buyer services, commercial sales and leasing services and commercial and residential property management.

Gore oversees a staff of more than 80 employees. She has striven to promote the advancement of women into leadership roles at CIHA. There are 13 female interns currently at CIHA, four of which have been hired into permanent positions. Gore encourages her employees to become active members of Soroptimist International of Anchorage, which sponsors programs that improve the lives of women and girls in the community. She has received many awards and serves on five local and national boards and committees.

ATHENA International is an international organization dedicated to supporting, developing and honoring women leaders. The Anchorage chapter of the society has been a program of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce since 1986, and has 215 male and female members. Inductees are nominated by their peers and selected by past ATHENA Award recipients.

The Anchorage ATHENA Society recognizes one of its members each year with the Anchorage ATHENA Award. It also offers the Camp $tart-Up and PowerLink programs, which help teenage women develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills and mentor female business owners.