The President today announced his intention to nominate Victor Marrero, of the Bronx, New York, to be Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He would replace Jay Janis, who has been appointed Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. Marrero has been a commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and vice chairman of the New York State Housing Finance Agency since 1978.
He was born September 1, 1941, in Santurce, P.R. He received a B.A. from New York University in 1964 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1968.
From 1968 to 1969, Marrero was assistant to New York Mayor John V. Lindsay. From 1970 to 1973, he was assistant administrator and neighborhood director with the South Bronx Model Cities Office, and from 1972 to 1973, he was district manager of the South Bronx Office of the Mayor's Office for Neighborhood Government.
In 1973 Marrero was executive director of the New York City Department of Planning. From 1974 to 1975, he was special counsel to Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin. In 1975 he was first assistant counsel to Gov. Hugh L. Carey. From 1976 to 1977, he was chairman of the New York City Planning Commission.
Marrero is a founder and first chairman of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and of the South Bronx Community Housing Corp. He is a public member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board Savings and Loan Advisory Committee.