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Mercedes Márquez

Principal, Márquez Community Strategy

Mercedes Márquez currently serves as the senior strategic consultant on NALCAB’s National Advisory Board.  As Principal of Marquez Community Strategy, her primary focus is to provide technical assistance to large municipalities that seek to innovate and raise their level of data-driven planning and decision-making, impact, leveraging and overall performance with respect to Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs.

From 2012- 2013 she concurrently served as Los Angeles' deputy mayor for housing and general manager of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID).  During this time, Ms. Márquez managed housing and neighborhood investment programs targeting issues such as housing finance, rent control, code enforcement, homelessness, and neighborhood stabilization.  While administering the integration of authority, budget and policy for these programs, she also oversaw the development of the city’s 5-year $500 million consolidated plan and worked closely with elected officials, city commissioners and partners of the city's public and private sectors.

From 2009- 2012, Ms. Márquez worked as assistant secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). She administered approximately $8 billion annually in programs designed to support community and economic development, affordable housing, special needs, and homeless assistance programs to more than 1,200 grantees, including state and local governments.  She also oversaw $30 billion in disaster recovery funds and led stimulus programs, including the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  She became a spokesperson for HUD and the administration on mainstream and Spanish-language media on housing and urban issues, addressing the foreclosure crisis and responding to national and local print, radio and broadcast press inquiries. Ms. Márquez also served as general manager for the Los Angeles Housing Department from 2004-2009.

Prior to working with the city of Los Angeles, Ms. Márquez was vice-president of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., a national firm specializing in the development, consultation and management of urban communities. Ms. Márquez also served as deputy general counsel and senior counsel for civil rights and fair housing to HUD Secretary, Andrew Cuomo from 1998-2000. Ms. Márquez has also practiced law, specializing in public interest litigation including slumlord, fair housing, public housing, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and constitutional issues.  The experience and skills that Ms. Márquez offers are unique and well-aligned with the OneCPD mission to foster comprehensive and sustainable place-based development and revitalization strategies.