Courtesy of White House press, see below for details of an upcoming Puerto Rico delegation led by HUD Sec. Ben Carson to discuss Hurricane Maria recovery and resiliency efforts.



Today, Secretary Carson is leading a delegation of Sr. Administration Officials to participate in a partnership meeting with Governor Rossello and the Government of Puerto Rico to discuss ongoing recovery efforts as we continue building a stronger, more resilient Puerto Rico. Upon arrival, the Secretary will be greeted by Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón and Secretary of State at the airport. The delegation will then travel to the JRO to meet and thank the Federal personnel who are supporting Puerto Rico’s recovery. Later, the officials will attend the official ceremony to memorialize the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria where Secretary Carson will deliver remarks on behalf of the Administration. As the President said on Monday night, “we stand with Puerto Rico, and we are helping them to rebuild stronger and better than ever before.  …To every family who has lost a loved one in these really devastating hurricanes and storms: All of America grieves with you.  Our hands are folded in prayer and outstretched with love.”


Participants include:

Ben Carson

Secretary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Pamela Patenaude

Deputy Secretary, HUD

General Mick Zais

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education (DOEd)

Claire Grady

Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Jessica Ditto

Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Director, White House Communications

Doug Hoelscher

Deputy Assistant to the President & Director, White House Intergovernmental Affairs

Robert Kadlec

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, Health & Human Services (HHS)

Bruce Walker

Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, Department of Energy (DOE)

Mr. Thomas Von Essen

Region II Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Lisa Ramirez

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Elementary & Secondary Education, DOEd

Vice Admiral Michael McAllister

Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Michael Byrne

Director, Caribbean Area Division, Federal Coordinating Officer for Puerto Rico Response, FEMA

Andrew Dylan Hughes

Chief of Staff, HUD

Anthony Paranzino

Director of Agency Outreach, White House Cabinet Affairs

Seth Daniel Appleton

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, HUD

Damon Armeni

Director, Response Policy, National Security Council

Col. Shannon Miller

Defense Coordinating Officer, Department of Defense (DOD)

MAJ Scotty Autin

U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, DOD

Kate Nichols

Senior Counselor, DHS

Justo “Tito” Hernandez

Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for Puerto Rico Response, FEMA

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