Biden names MassINC’s Matias regional HUD administrator
Plans to leave job as think tank COO in April
PRESIDENT BIDEN on Thursday appointed Juana Matias, the chief operating officer of MassINC, as the New England regional administrator for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Matias is replacing David Tille, who was appointed the New England regional administrator in 2017 by former president Donald Trump and vacated the position early last year.
The appointment was announced by the White House as part of a series of hires at several federal agencies. “Consistent with the president’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America, these regional appointees represent the diversity of America and the communities they serve,” the press release said.
Matias, who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved with her family to the United States when she was five, spent the last three years at MassINC, a nonprofit focused on research, journalism, and polling. MassINC oversees the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and CommonWealth magazine, and owns a share of the MassINC Polling Group.
Matias’s departure means the top two positions at MassINC are in flux. Lauren Louison Grogan, the chief executive officer of MassINC, recently announced she would be stepping down in June. Matias had been expected to replace her, but now she is leaving in April.Maeve Duggan, a research director at the MassINC Polling Group, will replace Matias as COO on an interim basis. Greg Torres, the chairman of the MassINC board, is co-leading with Michael Hunter of Trinity Financial a search team to find a replacement for Grogan.
“There was just no better team than Lauren and Juana,” said Torres. “The board always believed it was a succession plan in the works, but now that Juana has been offered a job with the Biden administration we need to shift gears and accelerate our efforts to replace Lauren.”