Former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Pamela Hughes Patenaude Joins IEM as Senior Community Liaison

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As IEM’s Senior Community Liaison, Patenaude will provide housing policy and long-term disaster recovery expertise to help execute IEM’s disaster recovery housing projects quickly and efficiently.

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“As disasters and emergencies evolve, our response and recovery to these events must evolve as well. We know that a one-size-fits-all solution does not work and that collaborative relationships must be forged to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO of IEM. “Pam has the erse and well-rounded expertise to help us craft recovery and housing solutions that work best for each inidual community. This, paired with her intimate understanding of the complex policies that guide our work, will help communities rebuild safer and stronger.”

“I look forward to serving in this important advisory capacity role and to help facilitate long-term recovery efforts across the nation, including communities still recovering from recent disasters,” said Patenaude.

Patenaude has served in roles across the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and frequently acted as a liaison between these stakeholders. She has regularly communicated and interacted with members of Congress, governors, mayors, local elected officials, housing and community development practitioners, and industry representatives. She began her career in housing at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. Patenaude holds a master’s of science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s of science from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.