Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at the request of the Mayor
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To confirm the appointment of Ms. Mirian Saez to the Board of Education
of the District of Columbia.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this
resolution may be cited as the " Board of Education of the District
of Columbia Mirian Saez Confirmation Resolution of 2002".
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the
Ms. Mirian Saez
as a member of the Board of Education of the District of Columbia,
established by section 2 of the School Governance Companion Amendment Act
of 2000, effective July 18, 2000 (D.C. Law 13-149; D.C. Official Code
§1-204.95), completing the unexpired term of Robert A. Peck, which will
end December 14, 2004.
6208 32rd Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy
of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the
Office of the Mayor.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
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Mirian Saez is a well-respected entrepreneur and
community-builder in Washington, D.C., with strong expertise in managing
and improving public property and vital housing assets. She is an owner
and partner in a small business that specializes nationally in the
management of public housing.
Ms. Saez first came to Washington, D.C. in 1993 as a
Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development. She assisted in policy development and served as onsite
liaison during the Northridge Earthquake and the desegregation efforts in
Vidor, Texas for the Assistant Secretary of Public Housing. Ms. Saez was
also the acting public housing director of the Caribbean Field Office in
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Saez began her public service career as the Executive
Director of the Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority in her native
state of Ohio. She gained recognition by employing a regional approach to
housing program management and gaining cost efficiency through economies
of scale. During her tenure, she expanded private-partnership affordable
housing programs and constructed new, low-density public housing units.
While in Ohio, Ms. Saez served on the Guernsey County
Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities. This board was
responsible for oversight of a vocational workshop and a school. With her
unique background, Ms. Saez also served on the Oversight Board of the
Resolution Trust Corporation, which was charged with disposing of real
estate assets in the wake of the national savings and loan crisis.
Currently, Mirian Saez serves as deputy receiver of the
Chester Housing Authority in Chester, Pa. The receivership has gained
national attention for its accomplishments, overseeing the demolition,
rehabilitation and construction of dozens of buildings in three
neighborhoods, assisting residents with job prospects and improving
staffing. She also manages distressed buildings in other cities including
New York and Newark, where her applied knowledge in property management,
procurement and maintenance has greatly improved the performance of these
Nationally, Ms. Saez serves on the boards of the
National Housing Conference and the American Community Partnership, a
pre-apprenticeship program to assist inner-city youth. She is also a
member of the Democratic National Committee. In Washington, D.C., Ms. Saez
serves on the Democratic D.C. State Committee's Party Organization and
Function Committee and is Vice President of the Gertrude Stein Democratic
Ms. Saez earned her Master of Business Administration
from Wheeling Jesuit College and her Bachelor of Science degree in public
administration from Miami University of Ohio. She and her partner, Julian
Potter, are residents of Ward 4 in Northwest Washington, D.C.
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Residence: (202) 363-0959, Office: (202) 783-6356
6208 32ND PLACE, NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
Rosenberg Housing Group
419 Park Avenue, South
New York, N. Y.10016
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT May 1997 to Present.
Partner in this start-up public housing property management company.
Responsibilities as owner include marketing and sales, and contract
negotiations and closings. Successful in winning two management contracts
with the performance-troubled Chicago Housing Authority and the New York
City Housing Authority, totaling over 780 units of distressed and poor
performing properties plagued with high unit turnaround, high uncollected
rents and high crime. Post contract award responsibilities include
recruiting and hiring, supervising on-site staff in meeting the
performance goals established by the contract, formulating operating and
capital improvement budgets, developing improvement plans for contract
compliance and strategic planning. Also Included in the RHG management
portfolio is the formerly troubled Chester Housing Authority with 700
public housing units and 1,100 tenant-based Section 8 units, where I am
responsible to the court-appointed Federal Receiver for the day to day
management -- supervise, direct and coach management and maintenance
staff, develop policy and procedures, and cure HUD management and audit
findings. Removed from troubled status after years of neglect in November
Grenadier Realty Corp.
1230 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn, N . Y.11239
SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, Public Housing Services Group September 1996 to
Third largest asset and property management company in NYC with growing
public housing portfolio, Grenadier recruited me as the first manager of
the newly created public housing division. Portfolio consisted of
distressed public housing for which I was responsible for its development
and management. Successful in winning two additional management contracts,
one with the troubled Chicago Housing Authority and one with the troubled
District of Columbia Housing Authority. Total public housing units under
management including both family and elderly units: 3,700. Formulated
budgets, determined staffing needs and assisted on-site staff with
planning and organizing specific tasks related to performance improvement
plans. Maintained working relationship with area HUD Field Office, HUD
Headquarters and housing authority officials.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing
Washington, D. C. 20410
DIRECTOR, Office of Rental Assistance December 1995 to September 1996.
Responsible for supervising the overall management and
development of activities of the various Section 8 rental assistance
programs which serve 1.4 million families. Implemented policies,
guidelines and procedures for program management and financial management;
developed training programs for staff and Section 8 administrators;
coordinated efforts of headquarter staff and 51 field offices.
ACTING DIRECTOR, Office of Public Housing March 1996 to
For six months, on detail to the Caribbean Field Office
in San Juan for the specific purpose of providing hand-on assistance to
improve the performance of the Puerto Rico Housing Administration (PRHA),
a troubled housing authority with 57,000 public housing units. Duties
related to the goal included supervising the field staff, strategic
planning with PRPHA, and providing direct technical assistance training to
PRHA's 18 private housing manager and 12 resident management corporations.
PRPHA was removed from the troubled list thereafter. Other duties included
overseeing of 78 Puerto Rico municipalities responsible for delivering the
Section 8 tenant-based program to 27,500 families; monitoring the Virgin
Island Housing Authority, and its hurricane disaster relief programs,
which provides housing assistance to 4,600 families.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT September 1993 to December 1995.
Clinton-appointee responsible to the Assistant
Secretary of Public Housing in furthering the goals cu the administration
through the development of public housing policy. Other duties included
assuring staff completion of tasks and troubleshooting; point of contact
person for 3,400 public housing authorities and inquires of a program or
policy nature; liaison with FHA, FHEO, and CPD assistant secretaries; and
representing the department at meetings and speaking engagements. Special
action projects included:
Vidor, Texas. Responsible for the security, occupancy
and property management of HUD's desegregation initiative. Successfully
and without incident moved African-American families into an all-white
housing development despite the threat from the Ku Klux Klan and
resistance from the local community. Developed plans, policies, and
strategies and managed authority staff through this effort.
Northridge (Los Angeles) Earthquake. Liaison between
the five public housing authorities participating in the relief effort and
the Assistant Secretary. Organized information seminars to recruit
landlords for participation in the Emergency Certificate Program. Removed
regulatory barriers to accelerate Program.
Troubled Public Housing Authorities. Liaison between
the Court, the Court-Appointed Receiver and the Assistant Secretary at the
Chester Housing Authority. Member of the Improvement Team for the Puerto
Rico Public Housing Administration that formulated Six-Month Action Plan
and two-year recovery plan.
Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR January 1985 to September 1993.
Responsible to five-member Board of Directors for
supervising and coordinating the operation of 815 units of assisted
housing. Responsibilities included the development and implementation of
policies, plans and procedures. Acted as fiscal agent, personnel director,
property manager, procurement and contracting officer. Performance Score:
Noble Metropolitan Housing Authority. In March 1987,
organized and activated this adjacent county housing agency. Contracted
for administrative services with the Cambridge MHA and secured funding for
public housing and Section 8 programs. Performance Score: 88.72.
Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority. In October 1990,
secured administrative contract to manage Section 8 housing programs for
this neighboring troubled housing agency. Developed and implemented plan
to save Monroe MHA from financial collapse and to improve the overall
OTHER POSITIONS: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Cambridge MHA 1982 to 1985. HOUSING
COUNSELOR, City of Cambridge, OH 1981 to 1982. HOUSING SERVICES INSPECTOR,
City of Forest Park, OH 1979 to 1981.
Wheeling Jesuit College Wheeling, West Virginia. Master of Business
Miami University Oxford, Ohio. Bachelor of Science, Public
Public Housing Sustained Performance Award -1990, HUD Region 5.
Section 8 Sustained Performance Award -1992, HUD Headquarters.
Exemplary Service, Vidor Task Force -1994, HUD Headquarters.
Certificate of Service, Puerto Rico -1995, HUD Headquarters.
Board Member, America Works Partnership
Member, HUD Task Force for Receivership Transition
Member, D.C. Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign
Former Member, Oversight Board of the Resolution Trust Corporation
Former Member, Ohio Capital Corporation
Former Member, Ohio Governor's Task Force on Housing
Former President, Ohio Housing Authorities Conference