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NCSHA Statement on the Nomination of Julia Gordon and Appointment of Sandra L. Thompson

Published on June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) commends President Biden for his nomination of Julia Gordon to serve as Assistant Secretary for Housing, Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gordon’s deep experience in affordable homeownership, neighborhood revitalization, and federal housing finance policy, along with her longstanding commitment to economic and racial justice, suggest she will be a strong and visionary leader in the Biden – Harris Administration. State housing finance agencies are active partners in HUD’s key homeownership and rental housing financing programs and are industry leaders in using those programs to reach people and communities of color and look forward to expanding that work with FHA under Gordon’s leadership.

NCSHA also commends President Biden for appointing Sandra L. Thompson as Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Thompson is a deeply experienced regulator with expertise in housing and regulatory policy, capital policy, and financial analysis. She also brings expertise and dedication to the fair lending and housing affordability requirements for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. State housing finance agencies have worked extensively with all the housing GSEs for decades to deliver financing to groups and areas that the conventional housing finance system too often overlooks or leaves behind. Thompson’s appointment is an opportunity to start making the system work better for them.

About the National Council of State Housing Agencies
For more than 50 years, state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) have played a central role in the nation’s affordable housing system, delivering financing to make possible the purchase, development, and rehabilitation of affordable homes and rental apartments for low- and middle-income households.

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to advance, through advocacy and education, the efforts of the nation’s state HFAs and their partners to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s vision: An affordably housed nation. Learn more at

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