General Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
David Enzel serves as General Deputy Assistant Secretary in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Mr. Enzel is an attorney with more than 40 years of management and legal experience at two Federal agencies. He has devoted his career to combatting discrimination and to assisting low and moderate income persons.
Mr. Enzel began his career in HUD’s Office of General Counsel where he served as Chief Attorney for Fair Housing Enforcement. Following the enactment of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, which substantially strengthened HUD’s fair housing enforcement powers, Mr. Enzel established HUD’s fair housing enforcement program. This included drafting implementing regulations, successfully trying the first cases under the Fair Housing Amendments Act and supervising a group of 13 attorneys.
In 1991, Mr. Enzel joined the Office of Thrift Supervision, a bureau of the Department of Treasury, where he worked successfully to help resolve the national crisis in the savings and loan industry. He served as Special Counsel to the Chief Counsel at the Office of Thrift Supervision. In that capacity, he also provided legal advice covering a broad variety of issues concerning the legal powers and obligations of savings and loans and holding companies with an emphasis on compliance issues including fair lending, privacy, the Truth in Lending Act and the Community Reinvestment Act. In 1995, Mr. Enzel received an award from the Secretary of the Treasury in recognition of a major accomplishment in combatting lending discrimination.
In April of 2000, Mr. Enzel returned to HUD as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs. From 2003 to 2005 Mr. Enzel returned to the practice of law serving as counsel to the Secretary of HUD specializing in labor relations law.
From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Enzel served as Deputy Director of HUD’s Office of Field Policy Management, which provides overall management, direction and oversight to HUD’s field offices nationwide.
From 2007 to September 2018, Mr. Enzel served in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development as Director of the Office of Technical Assistance and Management. In that capacity, Mr. Enzel was responsible for human resources, labor relations, IT and budget functions for a major HUD program area. He also managed HUD’s Community Compass technical assistance program which funds technical assistance, capacity building, and data research activities for HUD’s customers, including grantees, public housing authorities, and tribes.
Mr. Enzel was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1979. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bar associations.