On January 16, 2014, President Obama nominated Gustavo Velasquez to be HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Mr. Velasquez must be approved by the Senate. He replaces John Trasviña, who served as FHEO Assistant Secretary from the beginning of the Obama Administration until June, 2013 (see Memo, 5/3/13).
Mr. Velasquez has been the Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center since October 2013. He was the Director of the Washington, DC Office of Human Rights from 2007 to 2013. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Velasquez was the Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Latino Affairs. During his tenure in DC government, he also chaired the Mayor’s Bullying Prevention Policy Task Force and the District of Columbia’s Equal and Inclusive Housing Task Force. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Velasquez worked at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. where he was first the Division Director of Children, Youth and Families, and then Operations Director in 2001. Before his time at Congreso, Mr. Velasquez was an associate at McGann Management Consulting from 1998 to 1999.
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