Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Administration
Suzanne Israel Tufts was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Administration on December 21, 2017.
Ms. Tufts possesses extensive skills and experiences across many silos, including practicing law and spending over 20 years in management and consulting.
She will lead HUD's Office of Administration tasked with delivering administrative support and customer service to HUD employees nationwide. As HUD's chief administrative officer, Ms. Tufts will oversee the Department's human resources, emergency planning, contract procurement and training needs.
A New York-based attorney with extensive experience in turnaround management, Assistant Secretary Tufts served in operational roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors, including public housing authorities in New York State.
Ms. Tufts is a nationally recognized expert in the field of social programming in inner cities including microenterprises, education and women's issues. She formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Woman's Economic Development Corporation (AWED), the nation's first women's entrepreneurship training center.
Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Assistant Secretary Tuffs and AWED launched emergency small business crisis services for which she was recognized by President George W. Bush and then-Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.
Ms. Tufts graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in Bio-Medical Ethics from Princeton, and graduated from the University of Virginia Law School where she was awarded a Dillard Fellowship.