On Monday, August 11, Marion Mollegen McFadden assumes the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). Ms. McFadden will oversee the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, CDBG Disaster Recovery, Relocation, and Environment and Energy programs. Ms. McFadden succeeds Yolanda Chavez.
Ms. McFadden has been with HUD since 2000, with most of her tenure in the Office of General Counsel. Her experience includes work on CDBG, CDBG Disaster Recovery, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and other competitive grant programs in CPD and in the Office of Native American Programs. Ms. McFadden was a key drafter of HUD's regulation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (see Memo 2/3/12).
For the past 18 months, Ms. McFadden has worked almost exclusively on Hurricane Sandy recovery. She served as Chief Operating Officer and Acting Executive Director for the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and participated in the post-task force Sandy work at HUD while on detail to the Office of the Secretary. Ms. McFadden is a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Management Excellence Medal for her leadership of the Task Force.
Ms. McFadden interned at the National Coalition for the Homeless, the Government Accountability Project, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Before law school she served in AmeriCorps at City Year. Ms. McFadden holds a JD magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law and a BA from Northwestern University.