|HUD No. 10-024
January 29, 2010
HUD SECRETARY DONOVAN NAMES RICK GARCIA AS HUD'S ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL DIRECTOR
DENVER - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced President Barack Obama's selection of Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia to serve as HUD Regional Director for the six states in HUD's Rocky Mountain Region which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
Garcia will serve as HUD's liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations, stakeholders and customers. He will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of HUD programs and services to communities, as well as evaluating their efficiency and effectiveness.
"When we look to improve communities, this Administration is focused on addressing housing, transportation, education and energy together," explained Donovan. "Rick Garcia understands and embraces the sustainable community concept. When you combine that with his extensive work on the affordable housing front and foreclosures, he became the ideal candidate for this position."
"I am honored to have been selected and appointed by President Obama to serve as HUD's regional director during this important time of economic challenge and opportunity in our nation's history. My understanding of western cultures, land use, transportation, housing and community economic development allows me to hit the ground running and lead the Rocky Mountain region in achieving HUD's national objectives", said Councilman Rick Garcia.
Elected to the Denver City Council in June 2003, Garcia has made economic revitalization, access to new transit projects and business development his priorities. Garcia is a board member and serves as chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and has served as Chairman of the Metro Vision Issues Committee and as a voting member of the Regional Transportation Committee of DRCOG.
Garcia is also the former Board Chair of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority V of the NEWSED Community Development Corporation and is a founding Community Advisor to the University of Colorado's Latino/a Research and Policy Center.
Prior to being elected as a city council member, he also served as a consultant on Denver business development and government affairs; as senior manager for organizational development, training and Direct Services in the Colorado Department of Administration and Personnel; the state director for Small Business Development and Policy; and president of the Denver Urban Economic Development Corporation.
Garcia has earned numerous state and local awards for his leadership and community advocacy work. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and he earned his MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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