Margaret S. Van Vliet has officially stepped into her new role as director of Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS). She was appointed to the post by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Van Vliet recently served as the first director of the city of Portland’s Housing Bureau, where she led the merger of two city agencies. She has also held leadership posts at the Housing Authority of Portland.

A fourth generation native Oregonian, she began her career in banking, advancing to vice president of community development lending and then assuming leadership of Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, the nonprofit bank consortium that specializes in affordable housing finance.

OHCS is the state’s housing finance agency. Its role includes allocating low-income housing tax credits.