Lynne Patton is the Regional Administrator, Region II (New York & New Jersey), overseeing the largest HUD program office in the country. Prior to her appointment, she served as Senior Advisor to the 17th Secretary, Benjamin S. Carson, in Washington, D.C. As Senior Advisor, Patton spearheaded Secretary Carson’s National Listening Tour and worked to identify critical reform to HUD’s Section 3 Rule, which provides a job training and employment with HUD-funded projects in underserved communities. Patton also co-developed Secretary Carson’s heralded Envision Center initiative and continues to serve as Secretary Carson’s Senior Advisor on Public-Private Partnerships. Patton also advised President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis on HUD’s best practices as reflected in their drug elimination program.
Prior to coming to HUD, Patton rose through the ranks of one of the most high-profile global real estate companies in the world, The Trump Organization. For nearly a decade, Patton served as a primary liaison between the Trump family and notable philanthropies, Fortune 500 companies, city & state officials, as well as international developers and construction vendors. Patton was also tasked with identifying altruistic causes as Vice President of The Eric Trump Foundation, raising over $16 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during her tenure.
In July 2016, Patton was tapped by then Presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, to be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Following the 2016 election, Trump handpicked Patton to accompany him to Washington D.C. for his inaugural term.
That same year, Newsweek Magazine named Lynne Patton among the “Top 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans” and she was selected by Roll Call Magazine as one of “17 Rising Political Stars in Washington, DC” in 2017. In April 2019, Patton was named one of the Commercial Observer’s “Most Powerful Players in New York City Real Estate” on their coveted “Power 100” list.
As Regional Administrator for New York & New Jersey, Patton oversees the single largest public housing authority in the western hemisphere, the New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA), with a residential population greater than the City of Miami, Florida. Overall, there are 168 housing authorities in the State of New York and nearly 98 in New Jersey, in addition to the largest portfolio of privately owned multi-family properties in the northeast and mid-atlantic regions.
In February 2019, RA Patton brought global attention to the inhumane living conditions of NYCHA residents when she stayed in public housing for a period of one month, generating over 759 media hits per week. Patton’s high-profile stay resulted in the first emergency meeting convened by any sitting president – Democrat or Republican - on the systematic failures of the New York City Public Housing Authority.
Regional Administrator Patton has worked with NYCHA directly in their COVID-19 response efforts, specifically helping Chairman Gregory Russ secure 500,000 masks for operations and essential staff. Due to Regional Administrator Patton’s direct recommendation and leadership, NYCHA contracted with two venders, EastCo and Alliance, to clean high traffic areas in NYCHA’s 2200 buildings, 3400 lobbies, and 29,000 stories per week.
RA Patton was tapped by the White House during the COVID-19 crisis to assist their Opportunity and Revitalization Council (WHORC) to help our nation’s most vulnerable communities receive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other direct federal resources.
Patton is the first Region II Regional Administrator to visit a Native-American Reservation in the State of New York, which has 8 federally recognized tribes. In the summer of 2017, Patton was the honorary guest of the Shinnecock Nation at their Annual Tribal Pow-Wow and personally delivered a $1 million housing grant to the Seneca Nation of Indians in October 2018.
Patton was instrumental in the creation of the REAC taskforce and the historic reform of HUD’s national physical assessment inspection process (REAC/PHAS), placing greater emphasis on the distressed residential living conditions of multifamily properties and public housing authorities across the country.
Alongside HUD’s General Counsel, Patton played a key role in Secretary Carson’s widely-praised decision to reinterpret prevailing wage language in the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, Conversion II (RAD-2), so Davis-Bacon requirements are not applied to multi-family rehabilitation, allowing for the preservation of more affordable housing.
Patton also advocated with HUD and the White House to ensure Private Activity Bonds (PAB’s) were not eliminated from Trump’s historic Tax Reform Bill and worked with HUD leadership and the Department of Treasury to extend the deadline for their joint-HUD Risk-Share Program, enabling critical projects to survive.
In April 2018, Patton fought to reverse a decision by HUD headquarters in Washington, D.C., to close the oldest LGBTQ nightclub in Buffalo, NY. Bringing all principles together, Patton was able to broker a lease agreement that accommodated all HUD regulations and ultimately allowed the establishment to reopen later that fall.
In July 2018, Patton was appointed Chairwoman of the U.S. Interagency Council for Homelessness (USICH). She also serves on the Federal Leadership Resilience Collaborative to improve recovery protocol from natural disasters and is tasked with overseeing the Post-Sandy construction of two major levees in New Jersey and lower Manhattan.
To date, Region II has successfully eradicated chronic and/or veterans homelessness in over 26 municipalities (including nine counties) in both New York and New Jersey and will continue to advocate for the data-driven policies, such as the Housing First initiative.
In 2016, Patton was presented with a Humanitarian Award by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and 77th Precinct Community Council.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Patton has resided in the State of New York for over 15 years. She currently lives in New Rochelle, New York, with her longtime boyfriend, Andrew, and their Shih Tzu, Winston.
NY/NJ Regional Administrator