Mercedes Marquez will be leaving the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) May 18 after serving as assistant secretary since 2009.

She oversaw the Office of Community Planning and Development, which administers nearly $8 billion in programs.

Before joining HUD, she was general manager of Los Angeles Housing Department. She will be returning to Los Angeles.

This was her second stint at HUD. During the Clinton administration, she was senior counsel to the secretary and deputy general counsel for civil rights and fair housing at HUD.

Earlier in her career, she was a partner at a law firm, where she specialized in public housing, fair housing, and constitutional issues cases.