President Obama has selected Richard A. Walega to serve as HUD Regional Director for Region 1 in New England.
Walega served with the New Bedford, Mass. Housing Authority as Deputy Director for Modernization from 1993 to 2007 as Assistant Executive Director from 2007 to 2009. Late in 2009 he was named its Executive Director and has been acting in that role since February 1, 2010. He oversees capital programs for the authority, led its effort to receive four ARRA competitive Recovery Grants and has been in charge of its transition to asset based management. He leveraged over $125 million in federal and state capital aid to modernize public housing and has used his extensive experience in housing finance to oversee the rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing.
Prior to his service with the New Bedford Housing Authority Walega was a principal with the Agelaw Group where he provided real estate consulting services to a variety of public and private sector clients. He also served as the Director of Development for Peabody Construction Co. Inc., in Braintree and as a City Planner in New Bedford. He has a BA in Political Science from Boston College and an MA in Government from the University of San Francisco.