President Barack Obama has nominated Katherine O’Regan, professor of public policy and planning at the Robert F. Wagner Gradute School of Public Service, to be the new assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
O’Regan has conducted research on a variety of topics related to housing and urban development for more than 20 years. In her 13 years as a professor at Wagner, she has held a range of administrative and leadership roles, including directing the Public and Nonprofit Masters Program since 2002 and serving as associate dean for faculty from 2002 to 2004. O’Regan taught at the Yale School of Management for 10 years prior to joining Wagner.
The assistant secretary directs HUD’s independent research and policy arm, whose activities are designed to have immediate relevance to the policy issues facing the HUD secretary, who is currently Shaun Donovan, and his principal staff.
“I am honored to be nominated by the president and look forward to serving in this role if confirmed by the Senate,” says O’Regan.