The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District has welcomed Dr. Josephine Jackson Banks as its chief human resources officer.
Banks brings 23 years of experience in human resources to the agency. The agency’s redevelopment efforts — including Edgehill at Southtown and the recent awarding of a $50 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to HABD — and strategic plans for growth necessitated the creation of the chief human resources officer position. In this role, Banks will guide HABD in best practices for training, employee development and retention, and performance management while reinforcing HABD as an employer of choice in the Birmingham region.
Banks joins HABD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she served as the executive director for talent acquisition and counseling services, overseeing an employee base of more than 24,000 people. One of her notable accomplishments at UAB was serving as lead in the development and implementation of the university’s mental health and self-care app, UABWell. She also served as operational lead for UAB’s One Card ID card project, an effort to consolidate carding functions for more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff.
Banks has a master’s of arts in counseling and a doctor of philosophy in community health promotion from UAB and is a member of several committees and professional affiliations including the UAB Racial, Equity and Justice Task Force, American Counseling Association and College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.