On April 29, the full Senate confirmed Katherine O’Regan as HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) by a voice vote. On the same day, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approved the nomination of Nani Coloretti to be HUD Deputy Secretary by a voice vote. The committee also approved Gustavo Velasquez Aguilar to be Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity by a vote of 13-9. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) was the only Republican to vote in favor of Mr. Aguilar. These nominations now must be taken up by the full Senate.
Dr. O’Regan is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University where she has taught since 2000. Prior to New York University, she taught for ten years at the Yale School of Management. While at Yale, Dr. O’Regan was also a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a guest scholar at the Economic Studies Program of the Brookings Institution. Earlier, she worked as an analyst in the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ms. Coloretti is the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a position she has held since November 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget. From 2005 until 2009, Ms. Coloretti worked in the San Francisco Mayor’s office, including as Budget Director. From 1999 to 2005, she was the Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. Ms. Coloretti worked as a Health Financing Branch Budget Examiner for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1997 and was a Budget Analyst for the Department of Public Safety in the State of Hawaii from 1991 to 1992.
Mr. Aguilar served as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights from January 2007 to October 2013, where he was responsible for the investigation and disposition of discrimination cases regarding employment, education, public accommodations, and housing. Mr. Aguilar was also responsible for establishing or modifying rules and guidelines to investigate and adjudicate employment and housing discrimination complaints under the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977. Mr. Aguilar also served as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Latino Affairs.