Carol Galante is the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. As Faculty Director, Galante leads the strategic direction of the Center’s activities. The Terner Center pursues ambitious projects that combine research, policy, and private sector innovation in order to further housing affordability, racial and economic inclusion, and sustainability in California and nationally. She is also a founder of The Housing Lab, an accelerator for early-stage ventures with the potential to fundamentally improve the housing market and make it more affordable and fair.
Galante served in the Obama Administration for over five years as the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing programs.
Galante provided key leadership in the housing sector during the recession of 2009, including strengthening FHA’s infrastructure and policies while providing access to credit that helped stabilize the housing market She also developed signature initiatives that provided better opportunities to low-income families including Choice Neighborhoods and the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program.
Prior to her appointment at HUD, Galante was President and Chief Executive of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest non-profit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California. Early in her career Galante also worked for local government in city planning and community economic development.
Galante serves on the non-profit Board of Directors of The Community Builders. She is also an advisor to Factory_OS, an innovative new company changing how we build. She holds a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan.