Anna Maria Farias
Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Farias, esquire, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Initiatives under the auspices of Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She recently served as Senior Counsel for HUD Secretary Mel Martinez.
From November 1992-2000, Ms. Farias served as the Executive Director of the Crystal City Housing Authority in Texas. She received thirteen National Awards of Merit and the Presidential National Award for being the only Executive Director in the country to reside in public housing.
Her prior federal service consists of serving as the Legal Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Labor (1992); Counsel to a National Labor Relations Board (1989-1992), Special Assistant/Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education, William J. Bennett (1985), Director for the Office of Bilingual Education (1985-1988), and Attorney in the Merit Systems Protection Board.
She was appointed by Governor Bush as the Commissioner to serve on the Texas Commission on Human Rights. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2000 for her professional leadership and received the National Hispanic Leadership Eagle Award for her Community Service.
She graduated with honors from Boston University and was president of her class at Temple Law School in Philadelphia, PA.