Episode 35 | Part One: Margaret Salazar, Executive Director, Oregon Housing & Community Services

Episode Information

This week’s ChangeMaker is Margaret Salazar, the Executive Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, where she oversees the state’s efforts to build affordable housing, open the door to homeownership, prevent and end homelessness and expand housing stability. Margaret also served on the HUD Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition team and serves as Vice-Chair for the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

About Margaret Salazar:
Margaret is Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, which is Oregon’s Housing Finance Agency. OHCS provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate incomes, and leads statewide programs to prevent and end homelessness and to build housing stability.

Prior to joining OHCS, Margaret served in various leadership roles over a 10 year career at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She led Multifamily housing production in the San Francisco HUD office, financing the development and preservation of thousands of affordable homes. Margaret later served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary in HUD Headquarters, where she led the Department’s Rental Assistance Demonstration and other national initiatives to revitalize and preserve affordable rental housing. As HUD Oregon Field Office Director, Margaret led partners to develop a toolkit for local communities to prevent and address the closures of manufactured home parks and supported communities working to end veteran homelessness.

Margaret began her career as a foundation program officer and housing advocate working with community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she led a successful grassroots campaign for just cause eviction in Oakland, California in 2002.

A native Oregonian, Margaret grew up in Hood River on a family-owned cherry orchard. She spent her summers working in the orchard helping to bring in the harvest. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.