After significant delays, Julia Gordon has been confirmed Assistant Secretary for Housing, Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Gordon was originally nominated for the position by the Biden Administration on June 24, 2021, however, controversial statements she made criticizing law enforcement following the George Floyd incident delayed her confirmation until Thursday.
Vice President Kamala Harris cast the deciding vote to break a 50-50 tie on Gordon’s confirmation in the Senate.
In a statement, Bob Broeksmit, CMB, president and CEO for The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), says Gordon’s “knowledge and experience in housing policy and community development will serve her well as she leads FHA’s mission to support homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income and minority borrowers in underserved communities, as well as increasing affordable rental housing.“
“Julia Gordon brings deep experience to address the significant challenges that face FHA,” adds David M. Dworkin, CEO of the National Housing Conference, in a statement. “If we are going to succeed in closing the racial homeownership gap, FHA must be in the forefront. Through her leadership of the National Community Stabilization Trust, she has a nuanced understanding of local housing markets and how they can function sustainably even when under stress. She also has the skills, experience, and relationships to bring people together, both within FHA and among stakeholders, to address challenges collaboratively and effectively.”
Gordon previously served as the president of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), a nonprofit organization that supports neighborhood revitalization and affordable homeownership through facilitating the rehabilitation of residential properties in underserved markets.
In addition to managing NCST’s programmatic work, she specializes in federal policy related to homeownership, community development, and the nation’s housing finance system.
Previously, Gordon has served as the senior director of housing and consumer finance at the Center for American Progress, manager of the single-family policy team at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending.