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Gary J. Cooper

Gary J. Cooper serves as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nafive American Programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Along with the Deputy Assistant Secretary Heidi Frechefte, they lead the Office of Nafive American Programs (ONAP). Gary provides oversight and management to  the nearly 200 ONAP employees across the Nafion, leading a team of  professionals at the Headquarters Office in Washington, DC, in addifion to six  regional offices, and two satellite offices. ONAP manages over twenty programs dedicated to Nafive American communifies – including one that is the largest  source of housing assistance.  

Gary is a cifizen of the Cherokee Nafion and for nearly twenty-two years before  joining HUD he worked for the Nafion’s housing program. For more than eight of  those years he served as the Execufive Director of the Housing Authority of the  Cherokee Nafion. During his tenure he served on the Board of Directors for the  Nafional American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), elected by his peers to serve  as the organizafion’s Chairman for two and half years, before stepping down to  accept his new posifion.