Emma Chambers, a former first lady who left her post in the White House in 2017, has been named to head the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a post on Twitter from the White Houses Office of Public Engagement.
“I’m proud to announce that @EmmaChambers will lead the #HUDHUD in 2020,” the post reads.
Chambers is a member of the United Nations, and is known for her advocacy for the homeless, poverty reduction and the advancement of women.
She was first elected to the Senate in 1994, and served two terms as a Republican from Illinois.
In 2016, Chambers led the first black female Cabinet in U.S. history.
The former first daughter is currently a member in the National Security Council.
Homes are expensive in the U.A.E., but Chambers said that the government needs to build affordable housing as part of a broader strategy to combat climate change.
On the campaign trail, she promised to build $10 billion of new affordable housing over the next decade.
Last year, Chambers called for a federal tax credit for low-income families who are homeowners to help pay for affordable housing, a plan that was defeated by Democratic President-elect Donald Trump.
Earlier this year, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the U:CAPA program, which was created by the Obama administration to encourage investment in affordable housing.
As HUD’s new secretary, Chambers will be responsible for building affordable housing for low and moderate-income communities, according the post.
Since she became a member, Chambers has also served as a senior advisor to the Department of Defense and served as chairwoman of the WhiteHouse Council on Climate Change.