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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that Anna Maria Farías has been sworn in as new Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Farías—whose office is responsible for working to “eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities”—was confirmed by the Senate last week, and President Trump announced his intent to nominate her for the role in June 2017.
Farías is Chair of the Board of Regents at Texas Woman’s University, and from 2001 to 2008, served as HUD Senior Counsel to former Secretary Martinez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Initiatives, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs (CDBG) and Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
“It is a singular honor to be asked by the President and the Secretary to return to an agency I love,” said Farías. “I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting down to work on behalf of the American people.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Anna Maria back home to HUD,” stated HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “As she has in the past, Anna Maria will provide steady leadership and will advance HUD’s mission as a manifestation of our nation’s fair housing and civil rights laws.”