Laurel A. Blatchford
Ms. Blatchford was appointed Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by Secretary Shaun Donovan on January 28, 2009. She joined the Obama Administration from General Growth Properties (GGP), a Chicago-based real estate investment trust that has holdings across the United States and abroad, where she was Vice President for Development and Project Director in the New York City office. During her tenure at GGP, she directed the company's plans to redevelop the South Street Seaport, a GGP property.
Prior to her work at GGP, Ms. Blatchford worked for New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for six years, first as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding and then as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner for Strategy Planning, Policy, and Communications at New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). At HPD, she worked with then-Commissioner Shaun Donovan and led a staff of 50, focusing on strategic planning, communications, and policy issues. She played a leadership role in many major initiatives while at HPD, including the Mayor's 165,000-unit New Marketplace Housing Plan, the rezoning of Greenpoint/Williamsburg, and the City's response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
During her tenure in city government, she worked closely with city agencies and private partners on major mayoral initiatives, including the redevelopment of the Far West Side of Manhattan and the transformation of the High Line. Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, Ms. Blatchford worked at the Downtown Alliance, the business improvement district for Lower Manhattan, and in a variety of positions in City government, including the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York City Public Advocate. She also served as the Mayor's representative on the Brooklyn Public Library Board from 2007-2009.
Ms. Blatchford holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.P.P. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She lives with her family in Washington, DC.