Senate Confirms Pam Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary
The Senate recently confirmed Pamela Patenaude as Deputy Secretary of HUD by an 80-17 vote. In her role as deputy secretary, Patenaude will coordinate much of the day-to-day operations of HUD, working closely with the assistant secretaries and other leaders of 16 programs and support offices such as the offices of Public and Indian Housing, Community Planning and Development, Policy Development and Research, Federal Housing Administration, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and others.
She will also lead HUD’s disaster management and long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “At this moment when so many of our citizens are suffering, Pam will bring strong leadership when we need her most,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Pam’s extensive housing and community development experience will be invaluable as we embark upon the long road to recovery for communities hard-hit by disaster, and I’m grateful the Senate confirmed her nomination.”
Patenaude served as HUD’s assistant secretary for community planning and development under President George W. Bush and was most recently the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families.