Friday, May 22, 2009

President Obama Appoints Erika Poethig as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at HUD

Yesterday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that President Obama has appointed Erika Poethig, associate director for housing in the program on Human and Community Development for NHC member partner the John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation, as deputy assistant secretary for HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.

Poethig’s work in Chicago is widely known throughout the housing industry. At the MacArthur Foundation, Poethig focuses on regional policy and practice, housing policy and research, and on the $150 million special initiative for the preservation of affordable housing. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Poethig was the assistant commissioner for policy resource and program development at the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing. There, she developed the Chicago Mayor’s campaign to prevent foreclosures and stabilize communities. She also helped to increase city support for a state-issued tax credit for donations to nonprofit organizations developing affordable housing.

Upon the announcement, Secretary Donovan said, “Erika Poethig’s policy work is well-respected within the housing industry and we are confident that she will bring her fresh ideas and knowledgeable insights to HUD through this extremely crucial time in the housing market.”

To learn more about this recent appointment, please Read This Story.

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