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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK NAMES TAMMYE TREVINO AS ADMINISTRATOR FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES PROGRAMS AT RURAL DEVELOPMENT
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of Tammye H. Trevino as Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs in USDA's Rural Development agency.
"Tammye Trevino is a talented, hardworking leader who is a strong advocate for enhancing the quality of life and economic opportunities available in rural areas," Vilsack said. "For more than two decades she has worked tirelessly on behalf of residents in South Texas and I know she will do great things for the people of rural America."
Since 1999, Trevino served as chief executive officer for FUTURO, an Uvalde, Texas, nonprofit organization that provides housing, business, community development and technical assistance. Before that, from 1998 to 1999, she was the economic development director for LaSalle County, Texas, where her accomplishments included the conversion a 47-county, South Texas think tank into a non-profit organization to work on regional economic development and other issues.
Trevino is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional as well as a certified Housing Development Finance Professional. She has worked extensively with USDA Rural Development programs. At FUTURO, Trevino qualified homeowners for loans to purchase or repair homes. FUTURO also received a Rural Development Intermediary Relending Program loan and two Rural Business Enterprise Program grants.
Trevino received her Master of Business Administration degree from Sul Ross State University's Rio Grande College, Uvalde, Texas, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Trevino is a native of Pearsall, Texas, and most recently lived in Uvalde.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov .