Appointee Directory

Susan Peppler -- Department of Housing and Urban Development
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

Susan Peppler was nominated by President Bush on February 6, 2008, to serve as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. She was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate on June 27, 2008, and sworn in as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. Assistant Secretary Peppler is responsible for more than $35 billion in grants to states and communities directing programs that are vital to the well being of their residents, including $4 billion in foreclosure recovery grants through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Primary among these programs are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program ($4 Billion), the HOME Investment Partnership program ($2 Billion), and the Homeless Assistance Grants programs ($1 Billion). Assistant Secretary Peppler administers approximately $30 billion in disaster recovery grants for the Gulf States recovery from the hurricanes of 2005, the 2001 World Trade Center disaster, the 2008 Midwest Floods, and Hurricane Ike. Before coming to HUD, Mrs. Peppler served as Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for US General Services Administration. She also served on the White House Bi-National Border Facilitation Working Group, a US-Mexico initiative involving critical border issues. Mrs. Peppler has a distinguished record of public service as an elected official and in appointed positions. She served as Mayor of Redlands, California, and also served on the Redlands City Council. In addition, she was chairman of the Redlands Redevelopment Agency and Director of Housing for the Inland Empire Division of the League of California Cities. She was a member of the Smart Growth Roundtable for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research looking at affordable housing issues in the state. Her dedication to serving her community, particularly those who are in need, extends to her volunteer work. She was on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Executive Board of the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino, and the Dean's Executive Advisory Board Committee for the College of Business and Public Administration, California State University San Bernardino. In private business, she was Public Affairs Specialist for State Farm Insurance Company, working with state and federal legislators concerning insurance and business related issues. Among her many honors, she was named "Woman of Distinction" by the San Bernardino County Commission on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of California State University San Bernardino. She and her husband are the parents of two grown children and proud grandparents of two granddaughters.

Susan Peppler