Antonio L. McGinnis was named the Executive Director/CEO of Huntsville Housing Authority in August 2020.
McGinnis is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He is married to Mitzi Wade McGinnis and together they have three sons Kendall, AJ and lan.
Some of Antonio’s fondest memories are from his high school years spent at Butler High School. In 1991, Antonio was named City MVP in Basketball and awarded first team all-state honors.
Taking his love of basketball with him to Texas A&M, (TAMU) Antonio lettered all four years and was selected as a member of the Southwestern Conference All Conference Team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University, and an MBA in Public Administration from Strayer University. After college, he traveled the globe playing professional basketball in Slovenia and Australia until a broken foot injury sidelined his career.
Having grown up in public housing Antonio found himself drawn to the Boys and Girls Club. In June of 2012 Antonio was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and in August 2012, he was named Young Professional of The Year by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Always a leader and ballplayer, Antonio took his love of the game to Oakwood University and in 2012 as the Head Coach, he took the Oakwood University men’s basketball team to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association championship, becoming the third coach in the state of Alabama to win a collegiate national championship in basketball.
For seven years, Antonio served as the Director of the Harris Home for Children. The Harris Home for Children is a nonprofit agency that takes in children who are in foster care.
In March of 2020, Antonio became the Interim Executive Director of the Huntsville Housing Authority and in August of 2020 he became the Executive Director/CEO for the organization.
Now in his first year, Antonio seeks to open the eyes of the public as to what the Housing Authority can do for its community. He recently opened the Envision Center, a facility and program that is based on four pillars: Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health and Wellness, and Character and Leadership. These programs are a holistic approach to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency.
Antonio is a published author. His first book entitled “The Game is Deep”, is geared to help athletes, parents, coaches and fans deal with the stresses that come with playing the game of Basketball. His second book, “Life in The Bricks” chronicles the life of he and his three brothers as they fought to make it out of one of the toughest public housing communities in Huntsville, Alabama.