Patenaude is currently serving as president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, an organization dedicated to finding ways to recalibrate federal policy to address affordable housing issues. She’s also served as the director of housing policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center and worked at HUD under President George W. Bush.
Patenaude’s nomination has received broad support from the housing and mortgage industries, and the Senate Banking Committee approved the nomination in June. Since then, however, there’s been no real forward movement on the issue.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the industry groups – including the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders – urge the lawmakers to bring Patenaude’s nomination to the Senate floor for a vote.
“Ms. Patenaude has shown a dedication to housing through her many years of service,” the groups wrote. “Her previous tenure at HUD provides her with a great understanding of both the organization itself as well as its programs.”
The groups also reminded the senators that the deputy secretary position shouldn’t be vacant heading into a new fiscal year, saying that filling the position soon “could not be more critical.”
“Pan Patenaude’s leadership will be a great asset to the Department, and her knowledge will forward the mission of HUD,” the group wrote.
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A coalition of nearly 60 industry groups is urging the Senate to confirm Pam Patenaude as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.