Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. MD served as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
At HUD, Carson led the agency in many innovative programs focused on advancing economic opportunity; providing safe, fair and affordable housing; spurring reinvestment in communities; reducing homelessness; assisting and promoting self-sufficiency to underserved and vulnerable populations; and helping disaster victims.
Carson also led the collaboration of eight federal agencies to establish the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.
Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who prior to serving as HUD Secretary was involved with more than 15,000 surgical procedures and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s highest honor.
Carson received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from the University of Michigan School of Medicine.