L to R: Senator Robert Menendez; Shaun Donovan, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary; Maria Maio, Executive Director, Jersey City Housing Authority.
Maria Maio has been named the new director of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Newark field office, replacing Diane Johnson who recently retired.
At HUD, Maio will be in charge of HUD’s programs and activities throughout the state and work with the local mayors, municipal officials and the congressional delegation. She begins her new job on June 16th.
Maio has worked at the Jersey City Housing Authority for 35 years most recently as its executive director since 2004. She oversaw 2,500 public-housing units and a budget of $60 million.
“Maria Maio has always been a leader in both ensuring that there are homes that people can afford as well as the development of supportive housing As much as she will be missed at the Jersey City Housing Authority she will now have the opportunity to help all of the citizens of New Jersey to have a place to call home. “
Said Richard W. Brown, Monarch’s CEO.
“It’s just a great opportunity. I’ve learned a lot at the housing authority, and it’s now a chance to do it on a statewide basis. I still have a lot of passion and enthusiasm for the job.”
Maio told The Jersey Journal.
“’We thank Maria Maio for her years of service to the people of Jersey City and wish her well as she transitions to her new role. At the Housing Authority, Maria serviced approximately 20,000 households and oversaw improvements in public housing that have fostered a sense of community.’”