On September 26, 2016, Margaret Salazar was appointed as Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services by Governor Kate Brown.
Prior to her appointment, Salazar served as the Director of the Portland Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she represented the agency to housing providers and government officials throughout Oregon. She convened providers, local governments, and housing authorities to share and adopt best practices for ending veteran homelessness in communities across Oregon. She also spurred the creation of the Springfield Manufactured Housing Solutions Collaborative, an Oregon Solutions project that created a toolkit for local agencies to prevent and address the closures of manufactured home parks and assist tenants facing displacement from their homes.
Salazar joined HUD in 2006 where she first financed the development of hundreds of multifamily rental housing units across California, Nevada, and Hawaii. She later served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing in HUD Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where she designed and led national programs to preserve and revitalize affordable and public housing.
Salazar began her career as a foundation program officer and housing advocate working with community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and led a successful grassroots campaign for just cause eviction in Oakland, Calif. in 2002.
Salazar, who grew up in Hood River and Portland, holds a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.