Maurice Jones was sworn into his new position as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday, according to a HUD announcement.
Jones joins the department from Norfolk, Va.-based publishing organization Pilot Media and will oversee HUD’s daily operations, including 8,900 employees and a $47 billion annual operating budget.
Jones’ appointment to take the place of retired deputy secretary Ronald Sims was approved by the Senate March 29.
Secretary Shaun Donovan said Jones brings a track record, including both private and public sector experience, of building consensus in order to solve problems.
Donovan indicated HUD would benefit from Jones’ experiences as they face current housing challenges.
Jones, who most recently served as president of Norfolk,Va.-based Pilot Media, said he is ready to continue to transform the organization to face future challenges.
Jones was previously president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot after holding roles of increasing importance with the media property.
He has also served as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and spent time with the Treasury Department.
He was also part of Richmond, Va.-based law firm Hunton and Williams.