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Posted on: July 12, 2018

San José Housing Department Appoints Two New Deputy Directors

Housing Department Staff
Rachel VanderVeen and Ragan Henninger have been appointed as new Deputy Directors in the Housing Department.  Both Rachel and Ragan will play instrumental roles in tackling the challenges and goals in the Housing Department to better our community, and will provide leadership within the Department to accomplish those important goals.

At little bit about our new Deputy Directors:

Rachel VanderVeen is the new Deputy Director of the Production and Asset Management Division and the Rent Stabilization Divisions. The Production team will lead the City's investment of affordable housing and work toward meeting the Mayor and City Council's goal of creating 10,000 affordable housing opportunities, while the Rent Stabilization Program is implementing a Rent Registry to monitor performance and effectiveness. Rachel has served the City of San José for more than 19 years, holding various positions in the Housing Department including Budget Analyst, Development Officer, Assistant to the Director, Administrative Officer, and Housing Policy and Planning Administrator. Most recently, Rachel was the Division Manager for the Housing Department's Rent Stabilization Program where she managed the Tenant Protection Ordinance, Ellis Act Ordinance and significant revisions to the Apartment Rent Ordinance to the City Council. These new laws provide for an expanded program and greater services to tenants and landlords throughout San Jose. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Calvin College, with minors in Mathematics and Psychology, and a Master of Public Administration degree from San Jose State University.

Ragan Henninger
has been named Deputy Director of the Homelessness Solutions Team, the Housing Policy and Grant Management Division and the Administrative Team.
  In her role with the Housing Department, Ragan will oversee day-to-day operations including leading the Homeless Intervention and Solutions and Administration teams, and the Grants Management and Policy Division. She will support the City Manager's Office in developing a citywide response to homelessness including the programming of $11 million of new State homeless funds and overseeing the department's response to the Housing Crisis Plan. Ragan has nearly 20 years of experience in housing and homeless programs and policy which includes her time with HomeFirst and Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence as the Director of Development and Communications at both organizations prior to joining the City of San José. With a decade of experience with the City, Ragan's most recent role was Policy and Budget Director for Mayor Liccardo's office, which included leading the policy team for affordable housing and homelessness, environment, parks, transportation, budget and government relations. Ragan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and minor in Communications from Santa Clara University.
Rachel is currently in her new role and Ragan will begin on Monday, July 30, 2018.

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