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September 27, 2018
LAWRENCE RÉYES NAMED HUD ALBUQUERQUE FIELD OFFICE DIRECTOR
Lawrence Réyes was named Field Office Director of the Albuquerque Office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on September 2, 2018. As a part of HUD's Office of Field Policy and Management, Larry is now responsible for coordinating HUD activities throughout New Mexico.
He was previously the Senior CPD Representative for HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization/ Disaster Recovery Program nationwide, where he helped organize HUD's response to the foreclosure crisis as well as declared federal disasters. He has held several positions at HUD necessitating a variety of duties and skills, such as underwriter for CDBG and Section 108; Coordinator - YouthBuild; Colonias Specialist in the Tucson, Arizona Field Office; and, Coordinator - Colonias, Farmworker and Rural Initiative. As the Colonias coordinator, he organized HUD's participation and worked directly the US Department of Labor as well as US Department of Agriculture to help guide the entire federal effort to improve the lives of Colonias residents and farm workers throughout the United States.
"I'm excited about this opportunity to serve the many unique communities of New Mexico," said Larry Réyes. "My long experience with community development and Colonias will help me hit the ground running, and I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women of HUD that I know share my same commitment to service."
Larry attended secondary school in San Antonio before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and City & Regional Planning at UT-Arlington. Afterward, he worked as a transportation planner for a few years before switching careers and eventually working his way up to Director, Polytechnic Heights Main Street Program, a business development, and job creation entity in Ft. Worth, Texas. Subsequently, he attended graduate school at the Korbel School of International Studies - University of Denver and started his federal career as a Presidential Management Intern.
Larry Réyes was born into a military family at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands. Both his parents come from large families, his Mother was the 16th of 20 children and was of Southern Ute heritage. His father was the 7th of 10 children and was from the Hueco Band of Indians for which Waco, Texas is named. Larry is married to Susan Leslie Schantz and they have two children, Emmanuel (13), Caroline (7).
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