Dylan Hayden (Fels ’12) To Monitor Public Housing for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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By Nora Laberee
University of Pennsylvania

Fels alumnus Dylan Hayden has joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Program Analyst in the Baltimore Office of Public & Indian Housing. Hayden will monitor performance and conduct risk assessment for public housing authorities throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Hayden said, explaining that he wanted to get back into the community and economic development space after a stint in the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

“Public housing authorities face a wide range of issues and there are a variety of different programs to address them,” Hayden said. Because of the scope of the projects and the amount of money involved, “We have to monitor performance of these authorities, and that covers a large area including West Virginia and most of Maryland.”

Before joining HUD, Hayden served in the U.S. Navy as an Arabic and Pashtu-Afghan linguist and translator doing work for the National Security Agency. After Fels, he completed a two-year appointment with Governor Cuomo’s office in Albany as an Empire State Fellow. 

As a fellow, Hayden worked on a variety of workforce/economic development initiatives and a statewide performance management program. Hayden then moved to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto to coordinate the Lean Transformation for the Prosthetic Service.

Hayden graduated with an MPA from Fels in 2012, and credits his time there for much of his success. “I’ve used a good number of the skills I learned at Fels. Public financial management was huge. When I worked at the VA, our chief for our department left unexpectedly. Our assistant chief who replaced him had no previous financial management experience. Suddenly, we had a $46 million budget and an acting chief without any budget experience. I was able to jump right in.”

Hayden also found Performance Management to be an incredibly helpful course. “I was hired as the Prosthetic Service’s Lean process manager. Performance Management was my very first class at Fels, and it definitely prepared me for the role.” 

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