WASHINGTON (7/30/14)--Julian Castro was sworn in as the 16th secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development Monday. The 39-year-old former mayor of San Antonio will oversee more than 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion to carry out the department's mission of "creating opportunity for all Americans through strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and affordable homes."
"I know that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julian will help build on the progress we've made battling back from the Great Recession--rebuilding our housing market, reducing homelessness among veterans and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed," said President Barack Obama of his new appointee.
Castro has said his focus is to ensure the department is an effective champion for the people it serves. He has charged the department with one goal: giving every person, regardless of their station in life, new opportunities to thrive, according to a HUD press release.
In March 2010, Castro was named to the World Economic Forum's list of Young Global Leaders. Time placed him on its "40 under 40" list of rising stars in American politics the same year.