Mercedes Marquez Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of HUD

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorWashington, D.C.–Mercedes Marquez has been confirmed as an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As the former general manager of the City of Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), Marquez will lead HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, which administers nearly $8 billion in programs…

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorWashington, D.C.–Mercedes Marquez has been confirmed as an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As the former general manager of the City of Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), Marquez will lead HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, which administers nearly $8 billion in programs designed to stimulate community development, affordable housing, and a variety of special needs assistance programs. “Marquez brings a vast wealth of experience to HUD as she joins the front lines of our efforts to help cities and counties recover from our economic challenges,” says HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Her leadership will be a key ingredient in transforming HUD into a forward-thinking agency that delivers quality services to people and places in need.”  “I am thrilled with the opportunity to join such an excellent team of professionals dedicated to ensuring quality housing for every American,” says Marquez. “More than ever, our nation’s cities and counties need our support.”Marquez previously served in an advisory role at HUD, most recently as the General Manager of LAHD and as vice-president of a national firm specializing in the development and management of urban communities. She oversaw developments throughout the Southwest and California, which included initiating new developments, coordinating the planning process, acting as liaison with joint venture partners, and interfacing with government officials and local community groups. Marquez also served in the Clinton administration as the senior counsel to the secretary and deputy general counsel for Civil Rights and Fair Housing for HUD. She was principal advisor to former Secretary Andrew Cuomo on civil rights policy including fair lending and fair housing enforcement, and led investigations and negotiations of housing discrimination cases resulting in landmark settlements. Earlier in her career, Marquez was a partner at a law firm, where she specialized in complex public interest litigation including slumlord, fair housing, public housing, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and constitutional issues cases.

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