Feather Houstoun

Feather has led the William Penn Foundation as president since 2005. Prior to that, she served on the Foundation's board of directors, as part of the team overseeing funding related to the environment and community development.

Feather has worked at every level of government, serving as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Public Welfare during Governor Tom Ridge's administration, Treasurer of the State of New Jersey under Governor Tom Kean, chief financial officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), and in a number of senior positions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

She has had a diverse range of experiences related to the Foundation's work, including the development of the State Planning Commission in New Jersey, helping to launch the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, and service on the boards of Philadelphia's Center City District, the New Jersey State Aquarium, the New Jersey Network, and the Housing Finance Agencies of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 1991. Feather has published articles on growth management, gubernatorial leadership, housing, and linkages between business districts and transportation. She is a regular columnist for Management Insights, a joint publication of Governing Magazine and the Ash Institute of Democratic Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Feather was an executive with AmeriChoice, a United Health Group company serving Medicaid clients in 13 states, and was a senior visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania teaching and conducting research on public management issues.