DAVID J. BYRD
David J. Byrd is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to this recent promotion, Mr. Byrd served as a Senior Advisor in the immediate office of HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. Last year, he served in a similar capacity in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.
Prior to accepting this, the third presidential appointment of his career, Mr. Byrd spent the latter part of 2016 at the Presidential Transition Team where he had dual responsibilities. He served as a “talent scout” identifying potential candidates for executive appointments to the new Administration while also serving as Co-Leader of the HUD Agency Action Team, organizing the blueprint for HUD policy and personnel infrastructure.
Mr. Byrd served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George’s County, MD, from April 2006 to January 2011. Mr. Byrd’s responsibilities included governmental operations and public infrastructure, environmental services, economic development, and internal support services.
Prior to his county government service, he served as Chief of Staff to the Maryland Lt. Governor. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Byrd directed the day-to-day operations of the Lt. Governor’s office and championed the Lt. Governor’s political, policy, and personnel agenda.
In 2002, Mr. Byrd was Associate Commissioner for External Affairs at the Social Security Administration. He developed strategic relationships with national advocacy organizations and created the framework for the roll out of the President’s Initiative on Social Security Reform.
Mr. Byrd spent seven years in New Jersey State Government, from 1994-2001, focusing primarily on economic development issues.
Earlier in his career, he worked at the U.S. Department of Education, advising the assistant secretary on postsecondary education issues; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, implementing policy on children and family issues; and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, as a researcher.