President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate several people to executive department positions on March 6, including two positions at HUD. They are Nani A. Coloretti as HUD Deputy Secretary and Erika Lizabeth Moritsugu to be Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations.
Ms. Coloretti has been the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of the Treasury since November 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at Treasury. Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Coloretti worked in the San Francisco Mayor’s office from 2005 until 2009, most recently serving as Budget Director. Previously, Ms. Coloretti served as the Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families from 1999 to 2005. Ms. Coloretti worked as a Health Financing Branch Budget Examiner for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1997. She was a Budget Analyst for the Department of Public Safety in the State of Hawaii from 1991 to 1992.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) issued statements in support of Ms. Coloretti. “I would like to congratulate Nani on her nomination to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. As a proven manager with years of experience, Nani is well poised to manage HUD’s day-to-day operations, annual budget and nearly 9,000 employees. I commend President Obama’s dedication to appointing highly qualified Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to senior positions within his administration. I urge my Senate colleagues to move swiftly on Nani’s confirmation,” Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), CEPAC Chair, said.
“Nani will bring her impressive experience at the Department of Treasury and the City of San Francisco to HUD at a critical moment for housing policy in our country,” said Lisa Hasegawa, NLIHC board member and executive director for National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. “Her time in California and Hawaii give her a deep understanding of the diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and a commitment to ensuring that communities of color have a seat at the table.”
Ms. Coloretti would succeed Maurice Jones, who was HUD Deputy Secretary from April 2012 until January 2014. Mr. Jones was chosen by Governor Terry McAuliffe to be the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia (see Memo, 1/3).
Ms. Moritsugu is currently the Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. She served as Deputy Legislative Director for former Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) from 2010 to 2012. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Moritsugu served in several capacities at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. From 2001 to 2007, Ms. Moritsugu was an Associate for the Government Regulations Practice Group at Hogan and Hartson, LLP, and from 1995 to 2001, she worked at The Wexler Group. Ms. Moritsugu was a Legislative Assistant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service from 1994 to 1995 and a legal clerk at the County of Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office in 1991.
Ms. Moritsugu would succeed Peter Kovar who retired in May of 2013.
“Erika has been a long time leader in the AAPI community with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and most recently at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Ms. Hasegawa said in National CAPACD’s statement. “She has been a consistent champion for issues facing communities of color and all those who are underserved.”