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Mark Johnston was selected in October 2006 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs for the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and selected for the Federal Senior Executive Service in 2007. He is responsible for administering the Department’s $3.5 billion in assistance for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with HIV/AIDS. These funds are used to provide homeless prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services.

Johnston has previously served in various capacities related to solving homelessness, including HUD’s Director of Homeless Programs, HUD’s Senior Advisor on Homelessness, and the Deputy Director for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. He joined the federal service when selected as a Presidential Management Intern in 1983, where he worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to alleviate poverty and homelessness.

Johnston earned his undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Brigham Young University, and his MPA from Indiana University, as an Eli Lilly Fellow.