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Board of Education of the District of Columbia Mirian Saez Confirmation Resolution of 2002
PR 14-538

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Testimony at the Public Oversight Hearing, February 8, 2002

Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at the request of the Mayor


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 appointment of

Ms. Mirian Saez
6208 32rd Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015
(Ward 3)

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.

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

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 properties.

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 Club.

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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6208 32ND PLACE, NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

Residence: (202) 363-0959, Office: (202) 783-6356


Rosenberg Housing Group
419 Park Avenue, South
New York, N. Y.10016


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 1997.

Grenadier Realty Corp.
1230 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn, N . Y.11239

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, Public Housing Services Group September 1996 to May 1997.

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 August 1996.

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: 92.04.

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 performance.

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 Administration, 1989.
Miami University Oxford, Ohio. Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, 1979.


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

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