In June 2017, Lynne Patton, Vice President of the Eric Trump Foundation and a senior assistant to Eric Trump, was appointed by President Donald Trump to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Region II office which manages the department’s activities in New York and New Jersey. As head of the largest HUD regional office in the nation, she will oversee the distribution of billions of dollars to state and local agencies as well as tens of thousands of rental vouchers and block grants that fund housing inspections and senior citizen programs.
Patton was born in 1973 in Alabama but was raised as an only child in Connecticut. Her mother was a former prep school foreign language teacher. Her father, Curtis L. Patton, holds a Ph.D. and is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at Yale University. She graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology. In 1992 as an undergraduate student, she experienced Hurricane Andrew which led to her to train with the American Red Cross and become a Mass Disaster Shelter Supervisor. Since then, she has supported victims in natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the Northridge Earthquake in California. After graduating, Patton attended Quinnipiac University School of Law for two years but did not earn a law degree. Beginning in 1997 Patton worked as Head Paralegal of Product Liability at Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Strauss, LLC, and as a White Collar/SEC Litigation Legal Assistant at Day Pitney, LLP.
Patton began working with the Trump family in 2009, and over time developed a close relationship with them. She joined the Eric Trump Foundation in 2011 where she planned fundraising events and coordinated donations. She also oversaw all social media responsibilities for the Eric Trump Foundation. In 2014, she was the wedding planner for Eric Trump’s wedding to Lara Yunaska at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Patton has also helped plan media appearances, events, and travel for