Mr Jenks is currently chair of the ADC's housing committee and a member of its executive committee.
Chair of housing and community regeneration at Southampton City Council, he is also a founder member of a housing cooperative, which provides for the housing needs of single people.
He said: 'I will seek to ensure that the promotion of the LGA's policy of securing an adequately resourced role for local authorities in housing strategy and provision will be a key aspect of this committee's work.
At the same meeting, Peter challis was elected vice chair of the housing committee. Currently chair of the ALG's housing committee, he was previously chair of housing for Greenwich LBC from 1986 to 1994 and chair of housing for the Association of London Authorities from 1989 to 1995.
Also elected as deputy chairs of the committee were: David Lancaster, Margaret Mervis and Jill Caldwell. Dennis Bowles was elected spokesperson.