Chicago – Antonio Riley has assumed duties as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Regional Administrator for the six states in HUD’s Midwestern Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
As the Regional Administrator, Riley serves as HUD’s liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations, stakeholders and customers. He will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of HUD programs and services to communities, as well as evaluating their efficiency and effectiveness. Riley is one of 10 Regional Administrators in the United States.
“I am honored to be a part of the team that is putting America back to work and stabilizing communities and thankful to the President and Secretary Donovan for the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Antonio R. Riley.
“Many of the successful housing and economic strategies we implemented in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin mirror the vision that this Administration is hard at work implementing nationwide. I know from my own childhood that these programs are vital to those in need.”
“Antonio is an experienced, dedicated public servant who has been intimately involved in economic development and housing issues in the low to moderate income communities for years,” said Shaun Donovan, HUD Secretary.
Prior to his new role, Antonio Riley served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). As the first African American to head the agency, Riley oversaw what is considered the second largest bank in the state, with a $3 billion mortgage portfolio.
Under Mr. Riley’s leadership, WHEDA focused its energies to capture the inherent relationship between housing and economic development by developing new strategies that increase jobs, making homeownership affordable, and renewing and invigorating depressed neighborhoods.