Two more officials are in place at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Raphael Bostic was sworn in as the assistant secretary for policy development and research, and Shelley Poticha has been appointed senior adviser for sustainable housing and communities.

Bostic was recently a professor in the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development. An expert on housing and homeownership, he has also extensively studied the roles that credit markets, financing, and policy play in enhancing household access to economic and social amenities.

Bostic was formerly director of the school's Master of Real Estate Development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast. Prior to that, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where he was awarded a Special Achievement Award for his performance associated with a review of the Community Reinvestment Act.

Bostic previously served at HUD in 2000 as a special assistant for Susan Wachter, HUD's assistant secretary for policy development and research from 1998 to 2001.

Poticha currently serves as president and CEO of Reconnecting America, where she has become a national leader for the reform of land-use and transportation planning and policy with the goal of creating more sustainable and equitable development.

HUD is working with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) on legislation that seeks to create the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD. Poticha will direct the office if the bill becomes law.