The U.S. Senate today confirmed Seth Appleton as assistant secretary of policy development and research and Hunter Kurtz as assistant secretary of public and Indian housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Appleton recently served as HUD’s associate deputy secretary. Before that, he served as acting assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations. He previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri from 2009 to 2017.
During his tenure in the House, Appleton focused on policy issues related to housing, financial services, small business, and agriculture among other subjects.
Kurtz most recently served as the principal deputy secretary for public and Indian housing. He also he served in the White House as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Council of Economic Advisers.
In addition to his federal service, Kurtz also served as the deputy director of Detroit’s Department of Housing and Revitalization. In that role, he managed the day to day operations of the department, implemented programs that helped homeowners, and oversaw reform of the department’s contract and procurement processes.