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Rhonda Siciliano
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For Release
April 25, 2011


BOSTON - Barbara G. Fields was sworn in today as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Regional Administrator, serving the six states in HUD's New England Region which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

As the Regional Administrator, Fields will serve as HUD's liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, member of Congress, private and non-profit developers, stakeholders and customers. Fields
is one of 10 regional administrators in the United States.

"This is a tremendous honor. I share President Obama and Secretary Donovan's vision and enthusiasm for creating strong and sustainable communities of choice," said Fields. "I look forward to applying my expertise to help address the housing and community development challenges confronting New England. I am determined to bring people to the table, link agendas and get results."

"Barbara's extensive knowledge of affordable housing and her comprehensive approach to community revitalization
are a perfect complement to the Obama Administration," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Fields for the past 20 years served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation's leading community development intermediary. This year celebrating 30 years, LISC has invested over $9 billion in urban and rural revitalization efforts nationwide.

Fields has served in leadership positions on many professional and community boards, including serving as Vice Chair
of the Providence Housing Authority and Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Attorney General's Advisory Commission on Lead Paint. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the newly formed Institute for Comprehensive Community Development and to the New England Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.


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