HUD Fills Several Key Positions After Months of Vacancies

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday announced that it has made several key staffing appointments to the Department, nearly four months after HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge assumed her duties as head of the agency and nearly six months into the term of President Joe Biden.

“[HUD] today announced several key additions to HUD staff since March,” the Department said in a press release announcing the appointments. “These talented and diverse individuals join HUD ready to deliver results for the American people by tackling our nation’s housing challenges to build a stronger, more equitable America.”

Appointments to the office of the secretary include Victoria Brown and Patrice D. Taylor as deputy 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 appointed HUD’s chief information officer, while Gina Metrakas has been named chief operations officer (COO).

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appointments include Julienne Y. Joseph as deputy assistant secretary in the office of single family housing and Ethan Handelman as deputy assistant secretary in the office of multifamily housing programs.

Other recent appointments to the agency include the selection of Julia Gordon as FHA Commissioner, and current CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio as assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity.

In the past, Secretary Fudge has aimed to make clear to the public and to members of Congress that the agency is in need of additional resources to staff itself up after enduring personnel shortages and losses over the past several years, across both the Barack Obama and Donald Trump administrations.

“I actually had the opportunity to talk to the president about this since I’ve been here,” Fudge said in a White House press briefing in March. “We are thousands of people short of where we ought to be. Our staff is outstanding: they are under-resourced, understaffed and overworked. But, we are going to make some major changes, and very quickly. The [American] Rescue Plan is allowing us to do things that we may not have been able to do without it. So, I’m especially pleased that the president had the foresight and the vision to give us a historic, maybe one-time opportunity to change what is going on in housing in this country.”

Read the full list of appointments to HUD.

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