Mary McBride has been named assistant deputy secretary for field policy and management at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. She will take her post at the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.

McBride has been HUD’s Northwest regional administrator in Seattle since March 2010.

"During her tenure, Mary built a strong rapport with our partners throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Shaun Donovan, HUD secretary, in a statement. “She promoted the President's priorities on a variety of quality of life issues, which encouraged and stimulated the very sort of innovation in housing and neighborhood improvements that we have come to expect from that part of the country.”

With a staff of some 350 full-time employees working at 80 regional and state field offices around the country, HUD's Office of Field Policy and Management serves as the department's "front door," and its  staff is responsible for insuring effective delivery of  HUD programs and services to both individuals and communities.

Donovan has appointed the current assistant secretary, Pat Hoban-Moore, to serve as HUD’s director of administration.

Until McBride’s successor is named, Donna Batch, deputy regional administrator, will serve as acting regional administrator for Region 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.