Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Pamela Hughes Patenaude was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on September 14, 2017.
Ms. Patenaude brings to HUD more than 30 years of experience in the areas of housing, economic development, real estate, and public policy. Prior to joining HUD, she served as the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to illuminating America’s affordable housing crisis. Before co-founding the Terwilliger Foundation, she was the Director of Housing Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center where she led a 21-person commission to present a new direction for national housing policy. Ms. Patenaude served as Executive Vice President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Founding Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Patenaude served as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (CPD) at HUD, where she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds. She also played a significant role in the Department’s efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing direct oversight of $17 billion in disaster recovery funds. Prior to her work at CPD, Ms. Patenaude served HUD as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management.
A New Hampshire native, Ms. Patenaude worked as State Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and the Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. She began her career in housing and community development at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.
Ms. Patenaude holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has been honored as Housing Wire magazine’s “2013 Woman of Influence” and received the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit in 2006. In 2018 Ms. Patenaude received the “EPIQ Impact Award” from CoreLogic honoring her accomplishments in housing and community development. She currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the NeighborWorks America Board of Directors.