President Joe Biden has appointed the following to serve in key regional leadership positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA):
- Jason Pu, Regional Administrator HUD, Region 9
- Edward âTedâ James, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 6
According to the White House, these regional appointments “will be essential to the president’s efforts to rebuild the communities most affected by the pandemic, economic recovery and climate change.”
Jason Pu is a member of the city council and two-time mayor of the city of San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, California. He is also chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments transportation committee and chairman of the California League of Cities API Caucus. Pu has been a leader in the city and region in managing multiple crises, tackling COVID-19, addressing regional housing and homelessness issues, repairing city infrastructure, and boosting economic development efforts. local.
His efforts resulted in a complete vaccination rate of over 90% among eligible people in the city, the launch of the city’s first and only affordable housing project, an improvement in the state index of the city from 48 to 82, the construction of new playgrounds and parks, state and federal resources in the region to carry out major logistics, transportation and housing projects, and the construction of several major economic development projects which will include hundreds of new housing units and over 250,000 square feet of new commercial space for new jobs and businesses.
Previously, Pu was a business lawyer specializing in finance, real estate, and businesses in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Region 9 serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.
Louisiana State Representative Edward “Ted” James’s passion for leadership is driven by a deep desire to make an impact on the lives of others while transforming his community. In November 2011, James was elected representative for the state of Louisiana. He is currently Chairman of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and Chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Outside of the legislature, James is a lawyer and director of the Baton Rouge office of the Urban League of Louisiana. Region 6 serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Source: White House