About the Director
Neal Rackleff has over 17 years of successful affordable housing, community and economic development experience. As Director of the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department, Rackleff oversees the City's community development activities, including the strategic investment of funds for quality affordable housing, neighborhood facilities, social services and general neighborhood revitalization activities.
Prior to joining the City’s Housing and Community Development Department, Rackleff practiced law at the firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP, specializing in community and economic development, affordable housing, and municipal and public law. Rackleff represented nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit entities in financing and revitalization activities.
Rackleff also served as the General Counsel for the Houston Housing Authority, as well as Vice President and General Counsel of the Greenspoint Management District and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, working on significant public/private partnerships to develop housing, parks and infrastructure. Rackleff has a deep understanding of both federal and state housing programs, and has worked on some of the most significant development projects in the City’s history, including Allen Parkway Village and the redevelopment of the Rice Hotel.
Rackleff received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Southern California Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He is involved in numerous civic and community organizations. In his spare time, Rackleff enjoys spending time with his wife of 24 years and their four children.