Former HUD Deputy Secretary Works at Firm Commissioned for Puerto Rico’s Recovery Efforts

Pamela H. Patenaude helped lock down a record amount of recovery funds for the Island. After her resignation from the U.S. Department of Housing, she went to work with the firm IEM, which obtained a multi-million-dollar contract with the first allocation of the money she secured. When Pamela H. Patenaude announced her departure as undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Dec. 17, 2018, former Secretary of the Puerto Rico Housing Department, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, and several local officials publicly lamented it. Patenaude, who was second in command after Secretary Ben Carson, was an important ally of the Island after Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017.