Ocean Thermal Energy Corp. has appointed former Acting Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Roy Bernardi to its advisory board.
“Our company is fortunate to have someone of Secretary Bernardi’s stature and talent as a member of our team,” said Jeremy P. Feakins, chairman of the board and CEO at OTE Corp. “Roy Bernardi’s life-long commitment to public service and community progress is a perfect match for OTE Corporation’s goals of bringing clean energy, fresh drinking water, and economic development to millions of people around the world.”
Bernardi was nominated by President George W. Bush as deputy secretary of HUD and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004. During his tenure, he managed HUD’s day-to-day operations, a $38 billion annual budget and the agency’s 8,500 employees. In 2008, Bernardi was appointed as acting HUD Secretary under Bush. As deputy secretary, he led the department’s efforts to improve the standing of HUD with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). His leadership enabled HUD to eliminate more than $2 billion in fraudulent payments in the department’s rental assistance housing program.
Bernardi served in the Bush administration from 2001-2004 after his appointment by the president and confirmation by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary of Community Planning and Development (CPD).