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Ophelia Basgal
Ophelia Basgal is the former regional administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region IX (Pacific/Hawaii), a position she held from May 2010 through March 2016. She is a nationally recognized expert on housing and community development issues, having served 27 years as the executive director of the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda, California. Before joining HUD, she was vice president of community relations at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She managed the company’s $20 million charitable contributions program and oversaw the company’s community engagement programs, partnerships with community-based organizations, and employee volunteerism program for 20,000 employees. Her current professional and community service includes chairing the board of retirement of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association—a $7 billion public pension fund—and sitting on the San Francisco Foundation board of directors. Her previous board affiliations include the Oakland Museum of California Foundation, the advisory council to the National Housing Conference’s Center on Housing Policy, and the Merritt Community Capital Corporation. She also served as a member of the State of California’s Commission on Judicial Performance. She holds a master’s degree in social welfare administration from the University of California, Berkeley.