Ophelia Basgal is the Regional Administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region IX (Pacific/Hawaii). 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. Prior to joining HUD, Ophelia was Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she managed the company’s $18 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 professional and community affiliations include current terms on the board of retirement of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (a $5 billion public pension fund, where she serves as the Chair) and the advisory board for the University of California Puente Program. 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.