Yolanda Chavez is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD?s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). In this role, she is responsible for the overseeing key programs that promote affordable housing and community development including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and Disaster Recovery funds. These programs represent a current portfolio of more than $50 billion.
Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Chavez served as the Executive Officer for the City of Los Angeles Housing Department where she managed day-to-day operations of an office of 600 employees and a budget of more than $150 million. In addition, she was instrumental in the planning, coordination and implementation of new housing programs and policies in Los Angeles.
In the last 20 years, Ms. Chavez held key positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She served in the Bradley and Hahn Mayoral Administrations in Los Angeles and as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. In the private sector, she was Vice President and Division Director for CALFED Lending/Citibank where she led a 39-member community lending team in California and Nevada.
In addition, Ms. Chavez served on various Los Angeles City, County and non-profit boards of directors and commissions, including the East Area Planning Commission, the Los Angeles to Pasadena Metro Gold Line Construction Authority, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the East LA Community Corporation, and Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission.
Raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Ms. Chavez holds a BA in Political Economy from Barnard College and a Master?s in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University?s School of International and Public Affairs.