B.A., Denison University, 1968
M.B.A., University of Texas, 1972
Citation awarded June, 2004
Doug Bibby is President of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), a national organization of 850 member firms involved in the multi-family housing industry. Under his leadership NMHC represents the industry on Capitol Hill and before the regulatory agencies, promotes research and the exchange of information, and advocates for rental housing across a broad spectrum of issues. Prior to joining NMHC, Doug spent 16 years as a senior officer of Fannie Mae, where he served on the company’s management committee. He was part of the top management team that is credited with the remarkable turnaround at Fannie Mae, and also served as executive director and treasurer of the Fannie Mae Foundation, which primarily supports housing-related non-profits across the country. Doug began his career with the worldwide communications firm, J. Walter Thompson, where he was the youngest senior vice president in the company’s history.
Doug has been active in the non-profit community of Washington, D.C. for the past 20 years. He currently sits on five boards of directors. He is Vice Chair of Martha’s Table, where he has served on the board for the past 16 years and helped the organization grow from a mobile soup kitchen to a dynamic organization that provides learning and enrichment programs to 350 children and feeds thousands every day. Doug also is vice chair of House of Ruth, which provides a variety of programs to hundreds of women and families who have endured abusive relationships. He is secretary of the Summit Fund, a public trust devoted to lowering the rate of teenage pregnancy in D.C., as well as restoring the Anacostia River. He is a founding director of the Survivors Fund, which was created to serve the needs of families affected by the tragedies of September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon and from America Airlines Flight 77. Finally, Doug is a trustee of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, a $250 million foundation for the Washington, D.C. area.
Despite all these activities, Denison gets its share of attention from Doug. He has been a senior ambassador for the University since 1996. Prior to that, he also was on the leadership committee for his class’s 35th Reunion gift, served as a President’s Associates city chair, then national President’s Associates chair, and was a volunteer in Denison’s last capital campaign (1991-94).
We honor Douglas M. Bibby ’68 for helping to weave the strong fabric of his local communities, for investing in the future by reaching out and giving back to his alma mater, and for using his talents and influence to make a difference in his corner of the world.