Director of Legislative & Public Affairs
Shauna M. Sorrells is the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC). She joined the Commission in January 2016. In this role, she spearheads overarching federal, state and local legislative issues; local zoning issues, public affairs, community partnerships and special initiatives including the agency’s non-profit organization, the Housing Opportunities Community Partners.
Prior to joining HOC, she served as the Director of the Office of Public Housing Programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Overseeing the nation’s oldest subsidized housing program, providing nearly $5 billion in annual federal resources for the day-to-day operations of about 1.1 million public housing units across the country. Ms. Sorrells played a leadership role supporting HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has converted almost 85,000 public housing units to project-based Section 8 contracts.
During her tenure in the Office of Public Housing, Ms. Sorrells increased the number of vulnerable families housed in the Public Housing program by 33,000. Drawing on her own personal history in public and subsidized housing, she also created new initiatives and partnerships to expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) resources and programming to women and underserved populations in public and assisted housing.
Ms. Sorrells background includes working with post-Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery efforts, overseeing HUD energy and sustainability investments, and pushed to transform ineffective and burdensome housing policies to increase efficiency and service to clients and Public Housing Authorities across the country.
Ms. Sorrells has a Masters in Public Policy from the George Washington University and has completed all requirements towards a doctoral degree (ABD). She earned her B.S. Sociology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri.