Assistant Secretary, Community Planning & Development
Neal Rackleff currently serves as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Mr. Rackleff is responsible for overseeing the administration of HUD federal funding appropriated to alleviate homelessness, revitalize communities and develop high quality, affordable housing, for low- and moderate-income families. Mr. Rackleff oversees the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Technical Assistance and Capacity Building program, and Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS). Additionally, Mr. Rackleff oversees HUD’s CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding used to rebuild areas affected by natural disasters.
Prior to joining HUD, Mr. Rackleff was a Partner at Locke Lord L.L.P., a nationally recognized law firm, where he focused his practice on community and economic development, affordable housing, inner-city revitalization, and public/private partnerships.
Rackleff served as Director for the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department from 2012 through 2016. During his tenure, he oversaw the production of approximately 10,000 high-quality affordable multifamily housing units and assisted 1,700 single-family homeowners with reconstruction of hurricane-damaged homes. Chronic homelessness declined in Houston over 70% and the City of Houston became the first major city to effectively end veterans’ homelessness. Mr. Rackleff has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of the public and private sectors, focusing on community development efforts that resurrect ailing communities and provide high-quality housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families.
Mr. Rackleff graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University and received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Arlington, VA with his wife, Christa, and has four children Eve, Annie, Stephen and Karen.