Woodson named HUD's new Chief of Staff

From Staff Reports

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez announced Tuesday that Robert L. Woodson Jr. will be the department's new Chief of Staff. Woodson will take over management of more than 9,000 employees and a $30 billion budget, and will oversee hundreds of HUD programs designed to increase minority home ownership.
   "Rob brings vast experience in housing and community development and has been a valued member of my senior staff," Martinez said. "He has a tremendous grasp of the issues and challenges facing this department and possesses the kind of people skills that make him a real asset to the HUD family and the Bush administration."
   Woodson served as Martinez's Deputy Chief of Staff and replaces Daniel Murphy, who is moving to the private sector. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Woodson received a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in urban studies.
   "I am looking forward to this new challenge and to pursuing the secretary's priorities including simplifying the home buying process, narrowing the gap for minorities to achieve the American Dream of home ownership, and continuing to identify solutions to the homeless problem that our country faces," Woodson said.
   Prior to coming to HUD, Woodson served as Senior Policy Advisor on housing and community development issues for President Bush's campaign in Austin, Tex. He was a senior aide to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) on matters of tax law, budget and housing and community development issues. Woodson also served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) as well as budget analyst for the House Budget Committee.
   Woodson also worked to help low-income families achieve economic self-sufficiency as a project director and spokesperson for the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.
   HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing minority home ownership, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans.