March 12, 2014

A Day in the Life: Field Policy and Management, Birmingham

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Welcome to another edition of our blog series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work they do.  Today we meet Hollis Wormsby who works as a Senior Management Analyst and is the liaison to the Field Office Director in the Birmingham, Alabama Office.

What is your typical day like? Working in the field with our local partners, we don’t really have a typical day per se.  Our jobs are very much response driven.  Some days or weeks we may have a pressing issue that requires a lot of our attention.  Once a year, we go through the process of creating and submitting the Operating Plan and during that time my typical day is devoted to that mission.

What is the overarching task of your position? My job is to support my Field Office Director.

Photo of Hollis WormsbyHow long have you been in your current role? While we have been through some re-organizations during the time frame, for the most part I would say I have been in my current position since 1997.

What is the most exciting part of your job? I love when we assemble a team to work directly with local communities to tackle a specific problem. especially when we’re able to offer solutions or suggestions that help to move that community in a positive direction.  Part of what makes my job interesting is that there is rarely routine, and I get to see the results of the work and investments we make.

What is the most challenging part of your job? I think the most challenging part of this job is that it is such an open-ended position, and you don’t have rigid milestones. More so than any other job that I’ve worked on at HUD, this job requires a great deal of flexibility and I have to operate within wide ranging goals challenging me to find creative ways to implement them.  This is very different from some of my earlier assignments where my task might be to complete a certain number of rent adjustments or monitoring reviews.

Where did you work prior to your position at HUD? Prior to working for HUD, I served as Minority Liaison/Field Representative for U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton.  I felt honored to be offered the position.  

Tell us something interesting about your life outside of HUD. All of my life I’ve been interested in creative writing.  In college, even though my major was Industrial Engineering, I studied theater and African American studies.  During my HUD career I’ve had the opportunity to host local radio public affairs programs, to write a column for a local weekly newspaper, and to produce several stage productions.  For example, last January, I produced a play I also wrote and directed called The Dream Lives as part of the Martin Luther King Holiday program. When my HUD career is over I hope to devote more time to these activities. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back next month for a new edition of A Day in the Life!

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