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Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer: Karen Newton Cole

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Karen Newton Cole serves as the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for HUD. She is responsible for all matters related to employee and labor relations, HR End-to-End, Bureau of Public Debt initiatives and other project management initiatives, executive development, and field support services. 

Karen is a 15-year veteran executive with HUD and has served in several executive leadership positions during her tenure.  These positions include service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Troubled Agency Recovery (1997-2002), the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Management (2002-2010), the Director of Receivership Oversight (2010-2011) and most recently as the Acting CHCO.

Prior to coming to HUD, Karen was a member of the law firm Reno & Cavanaugh, PLLC, a public interest firm that specialized in representing non-profit organizations with particular emphasis on housing related matters.  Karen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law.  Additionally, Karen holds a Master of Science from George Mason University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

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