At a Glance
- Career History: CEO, Boston Housing Authority (1996 to 2009); Maloney Properties, Inc. (1986 to 1996)
- Birthday: Nov. 6, 1949
- Hometown: Rochester, NY
- Alma Mater: Boston University, B.A., 1972
- Spouse: Separated
- Religion: Methodist
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Path to Power
Henriquez grew up outside of Rochester, NY, and attended Boston University, where she earned her BA in 1972.
After graduating, Henriquez began working for a property company, where managed her own building. In 1977, Henriquez joined the Court Monitor of the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) as it was about to go into receivership because it had been poorly run.
In her position at HUD, Henriquez will administer nearly $24 billion in housing assistance programs, including partial funding for 3,200 local public-housing and rent-assistance programs. She will also be tasked with addressing the lack of affordable housing for the Native American population and will supervise 1,600 workers.
Henriquez's first priorities at the agency include creating a more transparent public-housing system; establishing better research techniques for studying public housing and leading a national study on needs in the public- housing community.
Henriquez will join a handful of former Boston colleagues in Washington. Boston Emergency Management Services Chief Richard Serino is the White House's pick for deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
At HUD, Henriquez will work with Secretary Shaun Donovan, Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John D. Trasvina and Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Mercedes Marquez. She will also work with Larry EchoHawk Pawnee, assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Department of the Interior.