National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Todd Harper was named Thursday by the agency’s chairman to the board of NeighborWorks America, a public-private organization that works to promote affordable housing and community development, the agency said in a release.
Hood, in a statement sent with Thursday’s announcement, congratulated Harper on his appointment. “NeighborWorks plays a vital role in fostering greater investments and increasing access to affordable housing in our nation’s most underserved communities and their mission today is as important as ever,” Hood said.
“In serving on the NeighborWorks America Board, I am committed to ensuring that the organization fulfills its goals of building strong, resilient communities by providing people with opportunities to live in safe, healthy and affordable housing,” Harper said in the release. “My work at NeighborWorks America will also build on my long-standing public policy goals of affordable housing, consumer financial protection, and economic equality and justice. I thank Chairman Hood for the designation, as well as Board Member McWatters for his prior service.”
Harper replaces agency Board Member J. Mark McWatters on the NeighborWorks board. McWatters had asked that the credit union agency prepare for his transition off the NeighborWorks board because his term had expired, the NCUA said.
NeighborWorks America is congressionally chartered and receives its funding through federal appropriations and from corporations, foundations and others. Its board includes representatives of federal financial regulatory agencies and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The organization offers grant funding, peer-exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools and access to training “as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals,” the NCUA noted, adding that NeighborWorks is present in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
In addition to Harper, the NeighborWorks board includes:
- Martin Gruenberg (board chair), member if the of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) Board;
- Michelle W. Bowman (board vice chair), governor on the Federal Reserve Board;
- Grovetta Gardineer, senior deputy comptroller for bank supervision policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC); and
- Brian D. Montgomery, deputy secretary of HUD.