Pam Patenaude Brings Knowledge, Experience and Proven Commitments to Affordable Housing to HUD
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the White House announced that President Trump nominated Pamela Patenaude to serve as U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) deputy secretary.
Ms. Patenaude is the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families.
Pam Pantnaude has a deep knowledge of, experience with, and proven commitments to affordable housing.
Responding to the announcement, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President and CEO Diane Yentel stated:
“The NLIHC congratulates Pam Patenaude on her nomination as deputy secretary of HUD. Ms. Patenaude is a strong leader with decades of experience cultivating bipartisan solutions to America’s affordable rental housing crisis. NLIHC urges the Senate to confirm Ms. Patenaude. We look forward to working with her to preserve, improve and expand the critical programs necessary to end homelessness and housing poverty for the millions of families who struggle to pay their rent each month.”
Pam Patenaude was originally on the shortlist to head HUD under President Trump but instead Dr. Ben Carson was chosen for that position. Her nomination now goes to the Senate for official confirmation before she can begin official take on the position.
In her role as deputy secretary, Ms. Patenaude will handle much of the day-to-day operations in running HUD.
Dr. Carson will most likely continue in his role as HUD secretary to be the public face of the department, meet with housing leaders across the country hearing their local concerns and attend events that celebrate key milestones.
“In fact, Patenaude’s inclusion as a HousingWire Woman of Influence was actually noted in the White House’s announcement of her appointment. From the White House:
Ms. Patenaude is currently the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families. Previously, she served as Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. Ms. Patenaude earned her B.S. from Saint Anselm College and her Master of Science Community Economic Development degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Her awards include: HousingWire 2013 Woman of Influence and the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit 2006.”
Other details of Ms. Patenaude’s bio is that she is is a former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
During the younger Bush’s administration, Pam Patenaude served as HUD assistant secretary for community, planning and development.
Her professional background also includes the following positions:
- Executive vice president of the Urban Land Institute and founding executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing
- HUD assistant deputy secretary for field policy and management
- HUD assistant secretary for community, planning and development
- State director and deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Bob Smith
- Vice president of Manor Homes Builders
- Administered the Section 8 rental assistance program at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority