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Pamela Patenaude

Senior Executive Advisor

Pamela Hughes Patenaude is Senior Executive Advisor at IEM International, Inc. She is a nationally recognized expert in affordable housing and disaster recovery management with a four-decade record of achievement as an executive in government, nonprofit sector, and private industry. Patenaude is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and serves as the co-chair of the BPC Disaster Response Reform Task Force. Patenaude serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity International and serves on the Board of Governors for the National Housing Conference. Patenaude is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Home Builders Institute (HBI).

From 2017-2019, Patenaude served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Patenaude had oversight for an unprecedented $37 billion in disaster recovery funding (CDBG-DR/ CDBG-MIT) for the long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; Florida; Texas; Hawaii; U.S. Virgin Islands; California; North Carolina; and South Carolina. As HUD’s Chief Operating Officer, Patenaude managed the day-to-day operations of the $52 billion cabinet level agency with a diverse portfolio of federal housing and community development programs. Patenaude oversaw 7,000 employees located in sixty-five offices nationwide. Earlier in her career, Patenaude served as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development where she played a significant role in the Department’s efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by providing direct oversight of $17 billion in disaster recovery funds (CDBG-DR).

Patenaude is an Independent Director for Target Hospitality, Corp. (NASDAQ: TH) and is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Chair of the Compensation Committee. Patenaude is an Independent Director of loanDepot, Inc. (NYSE: LDI) and a member of the Audit Committee. Patenaude is also a member of the Social Impact Advisory Board for Center Creek Housing Fund. Patenaude previously served as an Independent Director of CoreLogic, Inc. (NYSE:CLGX) and was a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Strategic Planning and Acquisition Committees.

Earlier in her career, Patenaude served as the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit, education, and research organization dedicated to illuminating America’s affordable housing crisis. Previously, Patenaude was the Director of Housing Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she successfully led a 21-person commission to present a new direction for national housing policy. Patenaude also served as Executive Vice President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Founding Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.

Patenaude served as State Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Bob Smith. Patenaude also served as the Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. She began her career in housing and community development at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

Patenaude earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Patenaude is the recipient of the National Housing Conference 2022 Housing Visionary Award. Patenaude was the first recipient of the CoreLogic EPIQ Impact Award and was honored as one of Housing Wire magazine’s “2013 Woman of Influence”. Patenaude received the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit in 2006.


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