August 5, 2021

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HUD Fills Several Key Positions After Months of Vacancy

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday that it had made several key staff appointments for the department, nearly four months after HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge took over her duties as head of the agency and nearly six months after Beginning of President Joe Biden’s tenure.

“[HUD] today announced several important additions to the HUD staff since March, “the department said in a press release announcing the appointments. “These talented and diverse people are joining HUD to deliver results for the American people by addressing our nation’s housing challenges to build a stronger, fairer America.”

Appointments in the secretary’s office include Victoria Brown and Patrice D. Taylor as assistant chiefs of staff; Mikaela Gerwin as special assistant and briefing book coordinator; and David Gonzalez Rice as Special Assistant for Housing and Services. Beth Niblock has been named Chief Information Officer of HUD, while Gina Metrakas has been named Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appointments include Julienne Y. Joseph as Assistant Secretary in the Single Family Home Office and Ethan Handelman as Assistant Secretary in the Multi-Family Programs Office.

Other current appointments at the agency lock in the selection of Julia Gordon as FTA Commissioner and the current CFPB Assistant Director Dave Uejio as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunities.

In the past, Secretary of State Fudge has tried to make it clear to the public and members of Congress that the agency needs additional resources to fill itself after having served with both Barack Obama and Donald Trump administrations in recent years.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve actually had the opportunity to speak to the President about it,” Fudge said in a White House press Briefing March. “We thousands of people are not where we should be. Our staff is outstanding: they are understaffed, understaffed, and overworked. But we’re going to make some important changes, and very quickly. The [American] Rescue Plan enables us to do things that we might not have been able to do without it. So I am particularly pleased that the President had the vision and vision to give us a historic, perhaps once in a lifetime, opportunity to change the housing system in this country. “

Read the full list of Events to HUD.