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Margaret Salazar

Oregon Housing and Community Services Department

Margaret Solle Salazar is Executive Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, where she serves on the Cabinet of Governor Kate Brown and oversees the state’s efforts to build affordable housing, open the door to homeownership, prevent and end homelessness and expand housing stability.  Margaret directs programs across the housing continuum, such as LIHTC, multifamily bonding and gap financing, homeless services, energy and weatherization assistance, mortgage lending and efforts to promote equity and racial justice.  

Prior to joining OHCS in 2016, Margaret served in various leadership roles over a 10-year career at the US Department of Housing and Urban chDevelopment.  Margaret served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs in HUD Headquarters, leading the Office of Recapitalization and the creation and implementation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration.  She also served as HUD Portland, Oregon Field Office Director; and Chief of Multifamily Production in the HUD San Francisco Regional Office.

Margaret served on the HUD Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition team in 2020-21. She serves as Vice Chair for the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

Margaret began her career as a foundation program officer in the San Francisco Bay Area working with community-based organizations standing up for social, economic and environmental justice across the Western States.  As a housing advocate, she led a successful grassroots campaign for just cause eviction in Oakland, California in 2002.  Margaret served as a policy analyst in the offices of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Margaret grew up on a small family cherry orchard in Hood River, Oregon. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.