Mr. Hall will move to Washington. (HUD)

Like the new Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Mayor Vince Gray’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Community Development is an outsider, hailing most recently from Glen Valley, Virginia. Here’s John Hall‘s dossier from his last appointment before this, to be the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development field office director for D.C.:

Prior to being named field office director, Hall served as financial transaction manager with HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation. Before joining HUD, Hall was employed by two community development corporations in Texas. At South Fair CDC in Dallas, Texas, he served as the deputy director developing multi-family housing using tax credits and Section 202 programs. He left that position to start the North & East Lubbock CDC in Lubbock, Texas as the executive director. His accomplishments with this CDC included single-family housing development, housing counseling and economic development.

Hall has additional experience with Bank of America’s Real Estate Banking Group in Dallas and Houston. He also served as Director of Non-Profit Development for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone in New York, New York. Hall received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.