Susan Riggs Appointed Deputy Secretary for Housing Policy

San Diego, CA—Susan Riggs, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation will step down as Executive Director effective March 7th to accept an appointment to Governor Brown’s administration where she will serve as Deputy Secretary for Housing Policy in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.

Since accepting the position of executive director in September of 2010, Susan Riggs has overseen the operations and strategic direction of San Diego County’s only trade association dedicated to the creation and preservation of affordable housing.  In addition to strengthening organizational capacity and sustainability, under Ms. Riggs’ leadership, the Federation has grown its community of members and supporters, expanded programs and services, stepped up its advocacy and public education efforts and raised its presence locally and in Sacramento.

Her tenure at the Federation has resulted in a stronger and more sustainable organization, an enriched membership, and greater public awareness about housing needs in San Diego and the importance of affordable housing.  Ginger Hitzke, President of the San Diego Housing Federation says, “Ms. Riggs took the organization to a new level at a speed that the board had not anticipated.  She has pulled together an amazing team that is focused on a clear strategic plan. She has also built partnerships and support for affordable housing by bringing innovative ideas and a unique vision to this field. Her contributions to the affordable housing and community development sector in San Diego cannot be overstated. We are grateful for her leadership and thrilled for her as she steps into this new and exciting role.”

As Deputy Secretary for Housing Policy at the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, Ms. Riggs will be responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of statewide policy and guidance related to the housing and real estate entities within the Agency, including the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Bureau of Real Estate, the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers, California Housing Finance Agency, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

San Diego Housing Federation’s Board of Directors has already begun crafting a transition plan that includes securing an interim executive director and will shortly launch a statewide executive search to identify the Federation’s next leader with the anticipation that this person could be seated by May.

“Together, the members, partners, board and staff of the San Diego Housing Federation have built up a tremendous organization, one with the capacity and the vision to continue making a real and lasting difference in the lives of San Diegans.  I have full confidence that this leadership transition will only make an already great organization that much stronger and impactful.  I look forward to continuing to work to champion the affordable housing needs of low-income residents of California and the San Diego region,” said Susan Riggs.