WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2014) — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted 68-28 to confirm Nani Coloretti as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The appointment makes Coloretti the highest ranking Filipino American in the U.S. Federal Government.
Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress congratulates Nani Coloretti on her confirmation today by the United States Senate to the position of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Nominated by President Obama on March of 2014, Coloretti is the fourth female deputy secretary and the highest-ranking Filipino American to serve in the Obama Administration.
“We are excited to have another prominent Filipino American voice in government,” said Genevieve Jopanda, National Co-Chair for Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress. “Ms. Coloretti’s confirmation affirms her abilities and signals the continued growth of Filipino American visibility in the federal government.”
The confirmation of Ms. Coloretti, who was born in Hawai’i, was hailed by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai’i) as a big step for Hawai’i and the Filipino American community. “Nani not only brings strong leadership experience, but the ability to inspire the next generation of Filipino-American leaders in Hawai‘i and across the country,” said Senator Schatz. “I am proud to call Nani a friend and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”
“HUD Secretary Castro told me that Nani’s role, as his right hand, is critical to implementing his vision which includes providing affordable housing and much needed infrastructure,” said Senator Hirono. “Nani’s dedication to public service and her wealth of experience give me confidence in her ability to do an excellent job. I look forward to working with her.”
Nani A. Coloretti currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Treasury, a position she has held since November 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget.
She is a recipient of the National Public Service Award, the Public Policy and International Affairs Achievement Award, the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Federal 100 Award.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Coloretti worked in the San Francisco Mayor’s office from 2005 until 2009, most recently serving as Budget Director. Previously, she served as the Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families from 1999 to 2005.
Ms. Coloretti worked as a Health Financing Branch Budget Examiner for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1997. She was a Budget Analyst for the Department of Public Safety in the State of Hawaii from 1991 to 1992.
Ms. Coloretti received a B.A. in Economics and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:
“Congratulations to Nani Coloretti on her confirmation as the new Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nani is a veteran manager with a proven record of leading local and federal government programs, and I know that her experience and leadership will serve her well in managing HUD’s $45 billion annual budget and day-to-day operations.
“Her confirmation is a positive step forward for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and marks only the third time in history that an AAPI has held a deputy secretary position. I wish Nani the best and look forward to working with her in her new role.”
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (GU), CAPAC Vice Chair:
“I congratulate Nani Coloretti on her confirmation as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I am confident that her years of advocacy and public service will be an asset as HUD continues to address the challenges of strengthening American communities. I look forward to working with her as she assumes her position as HUD’s Deputy Secretary.”
Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:
“Congratulations to Nani Coloretti on her confirmation as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Coloretti has a very impressive record as the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as the former Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. I look forward to working with Ms. Coloretti to address the needs of our diverse community in accessing affordable and fair housing.”
Congressman Al Green (TX-09), CAPAC Housing Task Force Chair:
“The Senate’s confirmation of Nani A. Coloretti as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is good news for all who value the hard work and dedication of those working in our federal government. Ms. Coloretti is another example of President Obama’s continued commitment to merit and to diversity in his nomination process. I look forward to working with her to improve the lives of the people impacted by HUD.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02):
“Congratulations to Nani Coloretti on her confirmation to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A Hawaii native and ‘Iolani graduate, Nani has led an accomplished career in public service focusing on ways to better communities and strengthen families across the country. I wish her the best as she takes on this great responsibility and new opportunity to serve!”
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01):
“I congratulate Nani Coloretti on her confirmation as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hawaii is proud to call her one of our own. I have no doubt that her experience working in the administration combined with her unique perspective as someone raised in Hawaii will ensure her success in improving our country’s diverse communities through HUD’s programs.”