On April 13, HUD announced that Harriet Tregoning assumed the role of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). Absent an Assistant Secretary, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary is the highest-ranking official within CPD, which oversees the National Housing Trust Fund, HOME Investments Partnership, Community Development Block Grant, Housing for Persons with AIDS, and homeless assistance programs.
Previously, Ms. Tregoning was the Director of HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience (OER) within CPD (see Memo, 2/7/14). Danielle Arigoni, currently Deputy Director of OER, will assume the role of Acting Director. Prior to joining HUD in early 2014, Ms. Tregoning was the Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning.
“Harriet’s almost 20 years of experience in forward-thinking community development will be an asset to her as she transitions into this new leadership position,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a letter to HUD staff.
Ms. Tregoning is the third person to be named to the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of a HUD office. Lourdes Castro Ramirez was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) after her nomination to be Assistant Secretary for PIH stalled in the U.S. Senate. More recently, Ed Golding was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Housing. All three are expected to lead their respective offices for the reminder of the Obama Administration.