Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Julia R. Gordon serves as the Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Gordon was nominated for this role by President Biden and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 12, 2022. Ms. Gordon brings to HUD more than 30 years of experience in housing finance, policy, and advocacy in both the public and private sectors. Throughout her career, Ms. Gordon has been both a strong advocate for and hands-on practitioner working to achieve equal justice, fairness and equity in housing, and consumer protections.
As Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, Ms. Gordon is responsible for HUD’s policies, programs, and operations supporting the nation’s homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and communities. She is responsible for the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Single Family, Multifamily and Healthcare mortgage insurance programs which currently serve over 8 million homeowners, some 890,000 renters, and approximately 4,000 healthcare facilities across the U.S. and its territories. In addition, Ms. Gordon is responsible for HUD’s Multifamily assisted housing portfolio which serves more than 1.2 million low-income residents, the administration of HUD’s housing counseling program, and the development and oversight of federal standards for the design and construction of manufactured homes.
Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Gordon was most recently the President of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) from 2019-2022 and Executive Vice President of NCST from 2015-2019. At NCST, Ms. Gordon was a passionate advocate and leader for housing equality and neighborhood investment, launching multiple new initiatives supporting neighborhood stabilization and affordable housing. From 2012 through 2015, Ms. Gordon was a senior leader at the Center for American Progress where she led the Center’s work to address access to affordable homeownership and rental housing, and safe financial products and services.
In previous roles, including a leadership role the Federal Housing Finance Agency and at the Center for Responsible Lending, Ms. Gordon was instrumental in grassroots efforts to shape mortgage and housing finance laws, regulations, and programs to protect homeownership and family wealth, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the Making Home Affordable program.
Ms. Gordon received her bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Geoffrey Berman, and her daughter, Rochelle.