Homeport's 2020 Voice & Vision event is Oct. 15.

Homeport has named community business leader and affordable housing advocate Sandy Doyle-Ahern as its 2020 Voice & Vision honoree.

President of civil engineering firm EMH&T, Doyle-Ahern will be honored Oct. 15 at Homeport’s 6th annual fundraising gala, which for the first time will be held virtually as a precaution to Covid-19.

This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong Foundation. The program recognizes supporters and honors an individual who has committed significant efforts to Homeport’s mission and affordable housing.

A longtime Central Ohio resident, Doyle-Ahern is board chair of the YWCA of Central Ohio and a member of the Columbus Partnership. With a master’s degree in environmental science from Miami of Ohio, she started at EMH&T in 1997 to lead its environmental division and worked her way up, eventually becoming the first woman to head the firm in 2012.

Doyle-Ahern was involved in the development of the Franklin County Blueprint for Reducing Poverty, and EMH&T is a financial supporter of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio.

“Homeport is thrilled to honor Sandy,” said Homeport CEO Bruce Luecke. “Not only have Sandy and her firm, EMH&T, been a longstanding partner and supporter of Homeport, she is a proactive leader in the community regarding the need for housing affordability."

In the affordable housing business for 33 years, Homeport operates 38 communities serving 6,300 residents in Central Ohio. Homeport also helps connect residents to services, including education, financial fitness and counseling.

Rebecca Walters is a freelance writer.