Former NY City Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel has been appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.
In the new role, Ampry-Samuel will oversee the HUD’s New York City Regional Office and field offices in Buffalo, Albany and Newark, New Jersey.
Ampry-Samuel, who previously represented Brooklyn’s 41st District — encompassing parts of Bed-Stuy, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, Crown Heights and East Flatbush, said she was excited to continue her work in housing and economic development in the role.
“I look forward to increasing access to quality affordable housing for low-income residents and homebuyers and ensuring HUD grantees provide economic opportunities and services to underserved populations,” Ampry-Samuel said in a statement.
As a council member, Ampry-Samuel was deputy leader and chair of the Public Housing Committee. According to a HUD press release, her council district included the highest concentration of public housing in North America.
Prior to being elected to the City Council, Ampry-Samuel served on the senior team at the New York City Housing Authority. HUD said she had held a number of public service positions, from Chief of Staff in the New York State Assembly to Democracy and Human Rights Coordinator at the United States Embassy in Accra, Ghana.
“Ampry-Samuel has over 20 years of experience helping individuals, families, and organizations in the housing and community development fields,” the agency said.
HUD Office of Field Policy and Management Assistant Deputy Secretary Michele Perez Ampry-Samuel came to the department “with a long and admirable record of service fighting on behalf of communities in support of housing and community development.”
"She grew up in public housing, giving her an empathetic and deep understanding of the experiences and the needs of the Department's most vulnerable customers. I am genuinely thrilled that she has again answered the call to serve."