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Carol Galante

Carol Galante


Carol Galante joined the The Community Builders Inc. (TCB) board of directors in February 2020. She is the University of California, Berkeley I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. She also co-chairs the UC Berkeley Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center of Real Estate and Urban Economics.

As Faculty Director for the Terner Center, Carol oversees the Center’s work and co-leads the Center’s research agenda, supervising projects that identify, develop and advance innovative solutions in local, state and federal housing policy and practice. In her role as I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, Carol teaches graduate courses on housing policy and community development, including a semester-long studio intensive course on the design and finance of affordable housing development.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Carol served in the Obama Administration for over five years as the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing programs.

As FHA Commissioner, Carol was responsible for the oversight of the FHA’s trillion dollar insurance portfolio, which includes single family and multifamily housing as well as insured health care facilities. She was also responsible for HUD’s two million apartments with rental assistance.

Prior to her appointment at HUD, Carol was President and Chief Executive of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest non-profit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California. Early in her career Carol also worked for local government in city planning and community economic development.

She has held numerous volunteer leadership positions at the federal and state level, and has received a number of notable industry and academic honors for her leadership and commitment to addressing the housing challenges and needs of families from all walks of life.

Carol holds a Master of City Planning degree from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan.