Friday, January 29, 2010

Rick Garcia named new Rocky Mountain regional HUD 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 and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of HUD programs and services to communities, and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness.

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 a voting member of the Regional Transportation Committee of DRCOG.

Garcia is also the former Board Chair of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority 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, a 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.