The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is the principal advisor to the Secretary on overall Departmental policy, program evaluations, demonstrations, and research, and is responsible for providing economic information and analyses of housing and community development statistics and other data. PD&R consists of the following offices:
- Office Of the Assistant Secretary For Policy Development and Research
- Budget, Contracts, and Program Control Division
- Management and Administrative Services Division
- Grants Management & University Partnerships Division
- Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Economic Affairs
- Program Parameter Research Division
- Economic Market Analysis Division
- Housing Finance Analysis Division
- Housing and Demographic Analysis Division
- Public Finance and Regulatory Analysis Division
- Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Innovation
- Office of Innovation and Improvement Division
- Office of Ideation Division
- Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Policy Development
- Policy Development Division
- Research Utilization Division
- International and Philanthropic Affairs Division
Office Of the Assistant Secretary For Policy Development and Research
Seth D. Appleton, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research
Todd M. Richardson, General Deputy Assistant Secretary
Rebecca J. Reed
The following divisions are located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary:
Budget, Contracts, and Program Control Division
The Budget, Contracts, and Program Control Division serves as the primary focal point for the development, award, and administration of all PD&R grants and cooperative agreements for research, development, and experimentation; reviewing and monitoring all contract work performed for PD&R; preparation and administration of the PD&R program budget, including the preparation of budget estimates and budget justifications; and maintaining internal program fund controls and financial accountability, including debt collection.
David W. Facundo, Director
S. Susan Brunson
Sheila M. Dent
Paula M. Marshall
Roy A. Perez
Christina A. Quilaqueo
Management and Administrative Services Division
The Management and Administrative Services Division is responsible for providing all administrative and management support for the Office of Policy Development and Research.
Kimberly R. Collins, Director
Nate Coates IV
Djana M. Todd
Grants Management & University Partnerships Division
The Grants Management & University Partnerships Division is responsible for managing HUD's Research grants/cooperative agreements from cradle to grave. Two primary programs that we manage are: (1) The Research Partnership Initiative which gives HUD PD&R the authority to accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities that are aligned with HUD's Strategic Plan and Research Roadmap and where HUD can gain value by having substantial involvement in the research activity; (2) The Research and Evaluation, Demonstrations and Data Analysis and Utilization Program (HUDRD) which is a competitive grant/cooperative agreement program that is used to solicit proposals on research studies and projects that Congress has funded.
In accordance with Presidential Executive Order 13779, the Division is responsible for preparing HUD’s Annual Plan of “agency actions/efforts to strengthen the capacity and competitiveness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to compete for Federal and Private Sector Opportunities.”
Curtissa L. Coleman, Director
Leatha M. Blanks
Carol D. Gilliam
Ophelia H. Wilson
Kinnard D. Wright
Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Economic Affairs
The Office of Economic Affairs is responsible for providing economic information and analyses and policy recommendations to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, and the principal staff within the Department. The Office analyzes the economic impact of Departmental and other federal legislative proposals, directs surveys of national housing conditions, mortgage markets, and interest rates, and provides recommendations for Departmental policy and program analyses.
Kurt G. Usowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary
The Office of Economic Affairs consists of these Divisions:
Program Parameter Research Division
The division produces a variety of HUD program annual operating parameters including Fair Market Rents, Area Median Family Income estimates, income limits, inflation adjustment factors, operating cost adjustment factors and FHA Loan Limits while also contributing to research regarding HUD’s rental assistance programs. Furthermore, the division is responsible for caretaking a number of HUD datasets including the data supporting Picture of Subsidized Households.
Marie L. Lihn, Acting Director
Hafsa K. Aasi
R. Adam Bibler
Chalita D. Brandly
Lydia B. Taghavi
Economic Market Analysis Division
The Economic and Market Analysis Division (EMAD) oversees HUD's field office economists who advise program managers, provide them with local/regional economic and housing market data and analysis, and conduct market analysis reviews of FHA multifamily housing applications. The division also produces reports that include metropolitan comprehensive housing market studies, Market-at-a-Glance reports, and regional narratives and local housing market profiles for HUD's U.S. Housing Market Conditions webpage.
Pamela R. Sharpe, Director
Kevin P. Kane
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Housing Finance Analysis Division
The Housing Finance Analysis Division serves the Department with expert advice and analytical capacity on the current and alternative systems for financing single-family and multifamily housing in the United States. It is principally concerned with the operation and effects of alternative mechanisms, institutions, and rules that govern how and which individuals can gain access to loanable funds to purchase or improve single-family, owner-occupied properties, or multifamily rental properties. Areas of focus range from (1) the retail or primary mortgage market, where borrowers are connected to a variety of lenders (mortgage bankers, thrifts, commercial banks, etc.) with the aid of various credit enhancements, such as FHA, VA, or private mortgage insurance; to (2) the secondary mortgage market, where lenders are connected to investors with the aid of government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, or private conduits. Division staff study and evaluate the balance between expanding access to mortgage funds and the risk of default loss and institutional insolvencies.
William J. Reeder, Director
Kee Nam Cheung
Kevin A. Park
William J. Reid
Jian A. Zhou
Housing and Demographic Analysis Division
The Housing and Demographic Analysis Division produces the American Housing Survey, supports the Survey of Construction, and sponsors other surveys that involve the cooperation of HUD and the Bureau of the Census. The division is the primary office involved in analyzing AHS data to support departmental policy making. The division works with the Census Bureau to support the President's homeownership initiative through monitoring and disseminating homeownership rates. The division also produces the quarterly publication, U.S. Housing Market Conditions, short- and long-term studies as departmental needs require, and data files on subsidized households.
George R. Carter, Acting Director
Carolyn D. Lynch
David A. Vandenbroucke
Public Finance and Regulatory Analysis Division
The Public Finance and Regulatory Analysis Division is responsible for all economic and regulatory analysis for the Department on all new rules and regulations as required by OMB. It also conducts policy research studies of public finance, economic development, taxation, and general economic policy as it affects housing, public sector financing, and community development. This responsibility includes development and monitoring of major databases, analysis of major economic and fiscal trends, research on major fiscal and economic policy development.
Alastair McFarlane, Director
M. Chelo M. DeVencia
Michael K. Hollar
Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Innovation
The Office of Innovation selects, manages, and reports progress on innovation and improvement efforts strategically aligned with the Department’s mission.There are two divisions. The Innovation and Improvement Division facilitates innovation and improvement with meaningful metrics for the Department. The Ideation Division engages with the Department, private, and public partners to identify opportunities to solve the Department’s challenges.
Christopher Bourne, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Innovation and Improvement Division
Mitchell Margeson, Director
Office of Ideation Division
Gregory Castello, Director
Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Policy Development
The Office of Policy Development (OPD) engages in policy analysis, policy development, research and data analysis, and dissemination of policy and research findings. In addition, OPD analyzes legislative proposals, develops legislative initiatives, interprets statutory guidance, and prepares regulatory guidance.
Paige Esterkin, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Peter Kahn, Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary
Robin N. Minor
OPD consists of two divisions that have distinct but related responsibilities:
Policy Development Division
The Policy Development Division’s (PDD’s) staff of analysts apply a wide range of expertise in housing and community development issues to develop and implement the Department’s policies and programs. These efforts include developing and recommending new or revised programs; developing, analyzing, and reviewing legislation, regulations, policy statements, reports, and budget analyses; coordinating the development of national housing and economic development policy with other federal agencies; drafting HUD policy studies on major housing and urban development issues; and carrying out other assignments of an urgent nature. The Division ensures the relevance of research to policy, advises on the policy implications of research, and is a key HUD resource for performance measurement data.
Jennifer C. Turnham, Director
Joseph R. Downes
David L. Hardiman
Blair D. Russell
Galen G. Savidge-Wilkins
Barry L. Steffen
Brian R. Stromberg
Research Utilization Division
The Research Utilization Division (RUD) ensures that research results and policy information reach the intended audiences efficiently and effectively. It provides housing and community development policy translation. It ensures effective dissemination and interpretation of PD&R research using in-print and online materials and face-to-face interactions. It disseminates PD&R’s reports; operates PD&R’s information service and clearinghouse, HUD USER; and oversees the development and maintenance of PD&R’s website, huduser.gov, and associated mobile applications. The Division develops programs, projects, and products designed to communicate often-complex information to potential users. RUD provides PD&R staff with editorial and writing support and manages conferences and workshops. RUD also manages the HUD Secretary’s award programs.
Heidi Joseph, Acting Director
Michael A. Amerson
Eric C. Erickson
Sean T. Martin
Michelle P. Matuga
Sherri L. Thurston
International and Philanthropic Affairs Division
The International and Philanthropic Affairs Division within the Office of Policy Development creates and strengthens partnerships across borders and across sectors to build strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities.
Our mission is to foster partnerships and maximize collaboration efforts with the international and philanthropic communities in order to support HUD’s strategic objectives. Through partnerships, we leverage the ideas, expertise, and resources of a network of organizations to improve HUD’s impact in local communities.
Cynthia F. Campbell, Director
Mia M. Bailey
Meron K. Habte
Katherine Connell Marinari
Office Of Deputy Assistant Secretary For Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring
The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring conducts HUD research, evaluation, and monitoring efforts for a wide variety of HUD programs and activities.
Calvin C. Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Mark D. Shroder, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary
Tiesha L. Lawrence
The Office is comprised of three divisions:
Program Evaluation Division
The Program Evaluation Division is responsible for conducting and overseeing systematic and rigorous research on programs and experimental demonstrations operated by the Department. Research produced by this division provides policymakers with reliable, credible, data to inform policy decisions about the performance of the Department’s array of programs and innovative initiatives.
Carol S. Star, Director
Mindy A. Ault
Nathan S. Bossie
Anne L. Fletcher
Leah M. Lozier
Marina L. Myhre
M. Teresa Souza
Sarah E. Zapolsky
Program Monitoring and Research Division
The Program Monitoring and Research Division conducts research and carries out a variety of efforts designed to support and enhance Department-wide program monitoring. Division staff work closely with HUD's program offices in assembling, maintaining, and promoting the use of data and information describing HUD operations. For example, Division staff have been involved in the ongoing design and implementation of the MTCS and TRACS databases for the assisted housing programs, and have been actively involved in development of the MTC Support program monitoring system for use by headquarters and field staff. Particular areas of emphasis include research on HUD-insured multifamily housing, assisted housing, fair lending, rural and Indian housing, and the Moving to Opportunity demonstration.
Ted E. Payne, Director
Jacqueline V. Bachand
Alex M. Din
Peter J. Han
John C. Huggins
Brent D. Mast
Christopher J. Narducci
Lynn A. Rodgers
Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division
The Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division conducts studies and provides research assistance on issues related to building codes, standards, and technologies; land use planning and housing issues related to “green” construction and energy efficiency; disaster preparedness and resilient construction, and housing and community planning addressing the needs of multiple age, income, and accessibility groups. Division studies include land use, affordable housing preservation, energy costs and public housing, affordable and innovative housing technologies, and the application of multiple academic disciplines to energy efficiency, accessibility, transportation, and affordability. The studies address key issues in assisted housing, mixed income, and market-rate communities.
Regina C. Gray, Director
Michael D. Blanford
Luis F. Borray
Jagruti D. Rekhi
Alaina M. Stern