Pamela Hughes Patenaude is a housing and community development public policy expert with a track record of success as an executive in government, nonprofit sector, and private industry. Patenaude serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity International and is a board member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion.
Patenaude was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in April 2017 to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Patenaude was confirmed by the United States Senate in September 2017 by a bipartisan vote (80-17). As HUD’s Chief Operating Officer, Patenaude managed the day-to-day operations of a $52 Billion cabinet level agency with a diverse portfolio of federal housing and community development programs and over 7,000 employees located in sixty-five offices nationwide. During her time at HUD, Patenaude provided oversight for an unprecedented $37 billion disaster appropriation for the long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; Texas; Florida; Hawaii; U.S. Virgin Islands; California; North Carolina and South Carolina.
Prior to rejoining HUD, Patenaude served as the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit, education and research organization dedicated to illuminating America’s affordable housing crisis. Before co-founding the Terwilliger Foundation, she was the Director of Housing Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she successfully led a 21-person commission to present a new direction for national housing policy. Patenaude served as Executive Vice President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Founding Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing.
Earlier in her career, Patenaude served as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (CPD) at HUD, where she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds. She also played a significant role in the Department’s efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by providing direct oversight of $17 billion in disaster recovery funds. Previously, Patenaude served at HUD as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management.
A New Hampshire native, Patenaude worked as State Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and the Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. She began her career in housing and community development at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.
Patenaude earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Patenaude was the first recipient of the Core Logic EPIQ Impact Award and was honored as Housing Wire magazine’s “2013 Woman of Influence.” Patenaude received the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit in 2006.