Prof. Katherine O’Regan sworn in as HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research
Professor Katherine O’Regan was sworn in April 29 as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new Assistant Secretary of Policy Development and Research. The swearing-in ceremony with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan came less than 24 hours after Professor O'Regan was confirmed unanimously by the Senate as President Barack Obama’s choice for the post.
Professor O’Regan has conducted extensive research on a variety of topics related to housing and urban development for more than 20 years. In her thirteen years as a professor at NYU 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. Professor O’Regan taught at the Yale School of Management for ten years prior to joining NYU Wagner. She received a B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
The Assistant Secretary of Policy Development and Research at HUD directs the agency’s independent research and policy arm. The research activities of the Policy Development and Research unit are designed to have immediate relevance to the policy issues facing HUD Secretary Donovan and his principal staff.
“I am honored to be confirmed by the Senate and look forward to serving in this role,” O’Regan, who has been advising HUD since January, said.