WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Erika Moritsugu to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“Over the years, Erika Moritsugu has been a strong advocate for the needs of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and other underserved communities and I am confident that she will bring this same commitment to her work at HUD,” said Lisa Hasegawa, executive director for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). “Erika will be a vaulable addition to Secretary Julian Castro’s leadership team as HUD continues to lead the housing recovery of our nation.”
Erika Lizabeth Moritsugu is currently the Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Prior to that, she was the Deputy Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaiʻi from 2010 to 2012.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI-D) applauded the Moritsugu confirmation.
“I’ve known Erika and her family for many years and it’s no surprise that she has been confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at HUD,” said Hirono. “She has committed her career to public service and has also served Hawaii with distinction as Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Akaka. Erika brings tremendous skill and talent to all that she undertakes and I look forward to working with her in her new role.”
Moritsugu has also worked in several capacities at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. She has held positions at Hogan and Hartson, LLP; The Wexler Group; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the City and County of Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office. Moritsugu is a Member of the Board of Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors. She is a 2004 recipient of the Tahirih Justice Center Pro Bono Award and a 2001 Bryce Harlow Foundation Scholar.