Pamela Hughes Patenaude

Director of Housing Policy
Pamela Hughes Patenaude

Pam Patenaude is the director of housing policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). She brings more than twenty-five years of experience in housing, community economic development, real estate, and public policy. Prior to her role at BPC, Patenaude served as the executive vice president and founding executive director of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing at the Urban Land Institute. During her tenure at ULI, she focused on developing solutions to address the critical shortage of housing affordable to middle-income wage earners.

Patenaude was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as assistant secretary for community planning and development at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As assistant secretary she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds to assist America's communities. Patenaude also served as HUD's assistant deputy secretary for field policy and management where she was responsible for the management and oversight of the department’s 70 field offices located in 10 Regions across the country.

Previously, Patenaude served as the White House liaison for HUD. Prior to her appointment at HUD, Patenaude served as state director and deputy chief of staff for Senator Bob Smith, overseeing strategic planning and operations. She also served as vice president of Manor Homes Builders, Inc., a national award winning custom homebuilder. She began her career in housing with the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

Patenaude received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Anselm College and earned a Master of Science degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University. Patenaude is currently a member of the board of trustees of the National Housing Conference and the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council.