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USDA: Expanding America

The Housing Hour March 28, 2014

Tony Hernandez

Administrator Rural Housing Service

Don Harris, Housing Program Director and Joe Woody, Area Director

USDA: Expanding America

Tony Hernandez was sworn in as the Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator on December 16, 2013 with more than 26 years of experience in housing, community and economic development, business strategic planning, sales, marketing, business advocacy, policy development, legislative and government relations.

Mr. Hernandez is described by others as a results-oriented go-getter who focuses on developing and implementing strategic initiatives that deliver results in the best interests of the customer. Tony has worked with communities, non-profit organizations, corporations and individuals to make investments to improve quality of life.

Prior to being appointed as the RHS Administrator, Mr. Hernandez served as the Director of Division of Local Government within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs managing community development programs for rural communities. His work there focused on enhancing the livability and sustainability of communities with jobs, housing, education, transportation, environment and health through strategic community development. As the Director for the Colorado Business Center with the Fannie Mae Corporation for ten years he facilitated the investment $21 billion in housing and community development. As the Housing Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator with the Clinton Administration he served six states that included Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. He led regional initiatives and programs that included community development, multifamily, single family, fair housing, public housing and regulatory initiatives. He was recognized by the Secretary of HUD with the Customer Service Award and also HUD Leadership Award.

Prior to his appointment at HUD, Mr. Hernandez was a business planner and senior marketing representative for the IBM Corporation for 13 years were he facilitated short and long-term strategic planning and business process improvements sessions with both the private sector and public entities. During that same time he served as a Colorado State Representative for nine and a half years almost five terms and was recognized as Colorado Legislator of Year in 1989 for his successful efforts in Economic Development. Mr. Hernandez earned a Master’s Degree in Management and Public policy from Carnegie-Mellon in 1981; Master’s Degree in Community Organizing and Social Planning from University of Denver in 1975; and Bachelor of Social Work in 1973 from Colorado State University.

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