- Master of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
- Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University
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 at the University of California, Berkeley. She also co-chairs the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center of Real Estate and Urban Economics.
As Faculty Director of the recently launched Terner Center for Housing Innovation, Galante is positioning the Center to be a new leading voice in the formulation of practical solutions and policies to meet the challenges of developing homes and communities that are affordable, vibrant and environmentally sustainable. The Center will generate constructive strategies for public policy makers and innovative tools for private sector partners, and work with students to cultivate the next generation of leadership in housing and the built environment.
Preceding her appointments at UC Berkeley, Galante was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to her confirmation, Ms. Galante served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing/FHA Commissioner, having first joined HUD in May 2009 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing programs.
As FHA Commissioner, Ms. Galante had direct responsibility for oversight and administration of the FHA’s trillion dollar insurance portfolio, which includes single family and multifamily housing as well as insured health care facilities. She was also responsible for several of HUD’s rental assistance programs, including 1.2 million units of Project Based Rental Assistance, and over 400,000 apartments for elderly and the disabled under the Section 202 and 811 programs.
Galante served as FHA Commissioner during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and one precipitated by the housing market collapse. Galante provided key leadership in the housing sector 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. BRIDGE is a hybrid organization blending the best of business practices and entrepreneurial ideas with a mission to create affordable homes and apartments. Prior to BRIDGE she was the Executive Director of Eden Housing, Inc.
Galante has also worked for local government in city planning and community economic development. She has held numerous volunteer leadership positions in organizations such as the Housing Partnership Network, OneCalifornia Bank Foundation, California Housing Consortium, Center for Creative Land Recycling, Center for Housing Policy, and Urban Land Institute. She has been the recipient of many notable honors, including: Housing Wire Magazine’s Influential Woman in Housing 2012, Multifamily/Developer Magazine-Executive of the Year in 2008, Builder Magazine-Top Most Influential People in Homebuilding in 2006, and the California Homebuilder Hall of Fame.
Ms. Galante is a licensed real estate broker (currently inactive) and holds a Master of City Planning from U.C. Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan.
- Courses Taught
- CY PLAN 230 U.S. Housing, Planning, and Policy