Amid a slew of federal appointments officially announced on the first day the Biden government came to power, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development received a new chief of staff.
Jenn Jones was practically sworn in on the day of inauguration, filling the position vacated by Andrew Hughes. Jones will join former Ohio Congressman Marcia Fudge as the new handpicked department head. President Biden selected Fudge as the new HUD secretary to replace Ben Carson in December.
Jones worked at the HUD for over seven years during the Obama administration, serving as Senior Advisor under then HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Senior Policy Advisor under Julian Castro.
"I am deeply humble to return to HUD as chief of staff," Jones said in a statement to NMN. "HUD will be instrumental in rebuilding the confidence of the American people in our federal government, and I look forward to the work we will do to improve equitable access to housing for millions of families."
Jones has spent the past four years serving as chief political officer and membership director for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an organization that campaigns against housing and discrimination. Your work with the NCRC is in line with President Biden's plan to invest more in affordable housing and help fill the home ownership gap.
"While we will miss Jenn very much, we couldn't be more excited for her," said Jesse Van Tol, CEO of NCRC, in a press release that she won over Biden to manage. We look forward to working with her in her new role at the HUD and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. "