Salin Geevarghese has been appointed by Secretary Shaun Donovan as HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) within the Office of Policy Development and Research. In this role, Salin leads an innovation team that is charged with engaging philanthropic and other cross-sector partners – both internationally and domestically – to harness and apply best practices, programs and policies for the benefit of our communities and aligning our common efforts.
Prior to this appointment, Secretary Donovan appointed Salin as Acting Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. In that role, he was responsible for advancing housing and communities that increase affordability, cost savings, efficiency, and quality of life, while also expanding regional economic growth and opportunity. He provided technical and policy support for energy, green building, and integrated housing, transportation and economic development programs at HUD and around the nation. Salin came to the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor and as part of the founding leadership of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.
Before coming to HUD as an appointee of President Obama, Salin worked as a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where he focused on urban redevelopment issues, anchor institutions, regional equity and opportunity, and community and economic development policy. He was in the senior management of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, focused on building the civic and change capacity of public, private, and nonprofit leaders and organizations and in communities like Flint, MI, Orange County, FL, Newark, NJ, and throughout the state of Ohio. Salin was previously a corporate manager with the BellSouth Corporation where he worked with their corporate philanthropy on education reform and student achievement, community change and public engagement, and technology. He co-led the corporate practice of the national management consultancy TCC Group where he assisted CEOs, foundation executives, and nonprofit leaders on strategic planning, organizational development and redesign, and evaluation projects. His clients at TCC Group included corporations, foundations, and nonprofits, including the Prudential Foundation, Wachovia Corporation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Foundation Center, National Urban League, and Habitat for Humanity.
A recognized expert and leader, Salin has consulted, spoken, and written widely on open records laws and transparency, public education issues, civil rights and equity issues, community and economic development, and civic innovation and engagement efforts.