President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he intends to nominate St. Thomas native Adrianne Todman for the post of deputy secretary at Housing and Urban Development.
Todman is currently the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Before taking that mantle in 2017, Todman served as the executive director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (See: V.I. Native to Head D.C. Housing Authority) and served in several career positions at HUD. First, as a manager of HUD’s $500 million grant competition that focused on the redevelopment of distressed public housing sites, then as a policy aide in both the Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Office of the Secretary, where she worked with staff across HUD’s programs on policy solutions and streamlining implementation.
Todman is widely recognized for her accomplishments in the affordable housing industry. She also served as a legislative director in then-Congressman Ron de Lugo’s office, a long-serving delegate representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Todman was born and raised. She is a graduate of Smith College and serves as a trustee. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. congratulated Todman in a statement on Thursday.
“I want to congratulate Adrianne Todman on the announcement of her nomination and also thank her for being yet another example – for the nation and the world – of the quality of leadership that comes out of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Bryan said. “Ms. Todman is an established expert in the affordable housing sector, who has decades of experience working in various roles at HUD and she is the current CEO of the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials. Her nomination only adds to the bright promise being shown by the Biden administration.”