Brian D. Montgomery

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Brian Montgomery
United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 26, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Steve Preston
Succeeded by Shaun Donovan
White House Cabinet Secretary
In office
January 2003 – February 24, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Albert Hawkins
Succeeded by Heidi Smith
Personal details
Born (1956-08-02) August 2, 1956 (age 60)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Texas, Austin
University of Houston (BA)

Brian Darrell Montgomery is the former Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, within the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was confirmed to the position in February 2005, and resigned in July 2009.[1] He is now a partner at the Collingwood Group, LLC, a business consulting firm.

Education and career[edit]

From January 2001 until January 2003, Montgomery served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance, and from January 2003 to April 2005, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. While serving in the White House, Montgomery contributed to the policy process on a wide range of issues including the Administration's efforts to boost homeownership, increase access to affordable housing, and to reform both the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the government sponsored enterprises.[1]

Following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in February 2003, Montgomery headed up a White House working group to monitor all facets of the accident investigation. This ultimately led to the process that developed the President's vision for space exploration. For this effort, Montgomery was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in June 2004.[1]

Federal Housing Commissioner[edit]

One of Montgomery's primary initiatives since becoming Federal Housing Commissioner has been the creation and promotion of a bill designed to modernize the Federal Housing Administration. The Modernization Bill, which passed the House of Representatives in July 2006, is primarily focused on increasing borrower flexibility through both policy and programmatic changes. Included among them are increased loan limits, updated down payment assistance options, and a risk-based premium structure. The goal of the Modernization Bill was to provide low and moderate-income borrowers a safe homeownership option at a fair price.[1]

Another one of Montgomery's priorities while at the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing, achieved primarily through mortgage insurance as well as flexible refinancing options.[1]

Montgomery's time at the Department of Housing and Urban Development has also been marked by extensive work with Hurricane Katrina disaster victims. He chaired the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Hurricane Recovery and Response Center at Headquarters and helped coordinate and secure temporary and long-term housing for displaced persons.[1]

During Montgomery's tenure as Federal Housing Commissioner, the Department of Housing and Urban Development also launched a campaign meant to educate African-Americans looking to buy their first homes. He was interviewed by National Public Radio on the subject.[2]

Montgomery WAS the 2008 recipient of the Robert J. Corletta Award for Achievement in Affordable Housing. The Corletta Award, presented annually by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NDC), pays tribute to individuals who have shown extraordinary creativity and dedication to the cause of affordable housing.

Acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

When Steve Preston, the fourteenth United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, left office on January 20, 2009, with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, Montgomery assumed the acting position of secretary until Obama appointee Shaun Donovan was confirmed by the United States Senate[3] on January 22;[4] he was sworn in on January 26.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "HUD - The Honorable Brian D. Montgomery Assistant Secretary For Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner". Archived from the original on September 22, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Turning African-American Renters into Buyers". Retrieved September 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ Staff reporter (2009-01-21). "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation". FOX News. Retrieved 2009-01-30. New York City housing department chief Shaun Donovan's wait for confirmation as Housing and Urban Development secretary puts Federal Housing Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery in charge at HUD. Montgomery joined the agency in 2005 after serving in the White House under the Bush administration.  (Archived by WebCite at
  4. ^ Roth, Bennett & Demirjian, Karoun (2009-01-22). "Senate Confirms Donovan as HUD Secretary". CQ. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  5. ^ Staff (2009-01-29). "Shaun Donovan Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development". Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved 2009-01-30. On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Hawkins
White House Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Heidi Smith
Preceded by
Steve Preston
United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Succeeded by
Shaun Donovan