Pamela Hughes Patenaude has announced that she is leaving her post as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the new year. She has served in the job since 2017.

Patenaude’s departure leaves another top vacancy at the federal housing agency, which also saw the recent resignation of Neal Rackleff as assistant secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development.

Prior to joining HUD, Patenaude served as the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit education and research organization. Before co-founding the Terwilliger Foundation, she was director of housing policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center. Earlier in her career, Patenaude served as an assistant secretary at HUD.

On Twitter, she said she looks forward to returning to her home state of New Hampshire.

“It has been an honor to serve President Trump and Secretary Carson and I am deeply grateful to both for this opportunity,” she wrote. “Thank you to my HUD family and fellow ‘housers’ for helping Americans access decent, safe, and affordable housing.”