For decades, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been regarded as a powerful figure on Capitol Hill. However, Fox News has reported that a member of her family has recently taken a job within the executive branch.
According to Fox, Pelosi’s niece, Alexis Pelosi, has just been made a senior advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Pelosi, who is married to the House speaker’s nephew Laurence Pelosi, will advise HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development.
The HUD office’s website states that it “seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons.”
It adds: “The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.”
When Fox News asked HUD if the House speaker played a role in her niece’s appointment, HUD provided a statement that read, “Alexis’ appointment is the result of her demonstrated background in housing and policy. We are excited to welcome her to the team.”
Meanwhile, Fox News noted that Nancy Pelosi’s office did not respond to a request for comment on whether she had been involved in Alexis Pelosi’s hiring.
Prior to working for HUD, the younger Pelosi founded Pelosi Ziblatt Law Group alongside her husband, a law firm specializing in real estate.
“The Pelosi Ziblatt Law Group is honored to represent some of the top real estate developers, businesses, investment firms, and corporations in California,” its website reads.
The homelessness crisis
Fox News explained that Pelosi is not HUD’s only new hire, as it “has been staffing up recently” in an effort to address America’s homelessness crisis.
Also joining the department is Jeff Olivet, who was appointed earlier this year to serve as executive director for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Olivet regards race as central to his job, with Fox News quoting him as saying in an interview, “What we do not say often enough or loudly enough is that racism and homelessness are inextricably linked. Yes, racism. It is time to speak truth. It is time to call it what it is.”