With over 40 years of experience in developing and managing affordable housing, Maria Maio- Messano is the Director of the New Jersey State Office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, she serves as HUD’s contact to the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, State and local officials and stakeholders. HUD funding allocations in New Jersey total $1.7 billion annually, including the Public Housing/Housing Choice Voucher, Community Planning and Development and Multi–Family Programs and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
Prior to this position, Ms. Maio-Messano served as the Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority, the second largest in New Jersey. She was responsible for the oversight of 2300 Public Housing Units, 4000 Vouchers and 130 Assisted Housing Units. Under her leadership, the JCHA successfully implemented the revitalization of three obsolete public housing developments to new mixed-income communities. The JCHA was awarded the first Choice Neighborhood Initiative Planning Grant in New Jersey that will implement a place based community driven strategy and which was a recipient of the NJ Smart Growth Award for a Collaborative Planning Process.
Ms. Maio-Messano served on the Hudson County Affordable Housing Coalition and Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness. She has received numerous professional awards including United Way’s Congresswoman Mary T. Norton Award of Excellence, LISC Deborah Barnes Community Award and and The Boys and Girls Club Community Service Award.