IEM—a tech-enabled global homeland security and disaster management consulting firm based out of North Carolina—announced the addition of Pamela Hughes Patenaude as Senior Community Liaison, where she will serve as a senior advisor for the company's housing and disaster recovery projects. Patenaude is a housing executive and public policy expert with over 35 years’ experience serving in government and non-profit management, including at the executive management level. Most recently, Patenaude served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed the day-to-day operations of the cabinet-level agency, including oversight of the Department's $52 billion budget and 7,000 employees nationwide. Patenaude also served as Chair of HUD's Disaster Management Group, overseeing $37 billion in disaster recovery funding.
As IEM's Senior Community Liaison, Patenaude will provide housing policy and long-term disaster recovery expertise to help execute IEM's disaster recovery housing projects quickly and efficiently.
"As disasters and emergencies evolve, our response and recovery to these events must evolve as well. We know that a one-size-fits-all solution does not work and that collaborative relationships must be forged to ensure that no one is left behind," said Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO of IEM. "Pam has the diverse and well-rounded expertise to help us craft recovery and housing solutions that work best for each individual community. This, paired with her intimate understanding of complex policies that guide our work, will help communities rebuild safer and stronger."
"I look forward to serving in this important advisory capacity role and to help facilitate long-term recovery efforts across the nation, including communities still recovering from recent disasters," Patenaude said.
Patenaude has served in roles across the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and frequently acted as a liaison between these stakeholders. She has regularly communicated and interacted with members of Congress, governors, mayors, local elected officials, housing and community development practitioners, and industry representatives. She began her career in housing at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. Patenaude holds a master's of science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor's of science from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.