Pam Patenaude – President Donald Trump’s pick to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development – is resigning from her post and Brian Montgomery, commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, will serve as acting deputy secretary until a replacement is found.
Patenaude made the announcement to HUD Secretary Ben Carson this morning.
Patenaude has more than 25 years of experience in housing, community economic development, real estate and public policy. She is president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families and previously served as assistant secretary for community, planning and development for HUD during the George W. Bush administration. In addition, she is the former director of housing policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
“This morning I informed Secretary Carson of my decision to leave HUD in the new year,” Patenaude tweeted in a statement earlier today. “Serving at HUD as Deputy Secretary has been the highlight of my 35-year career in housing.”
“It has been an honor to serve President Trump and Secretary Carson and I am deeply grateful to both for this opportunity,” she adds. “Thank you to my HUD family and fellow ‘housers’ for helping Americans access decent, safe and affordable housing.”