U.S. Southeast Regional Administrator, Housing and Urban Development
Denise Cleveland-Legget is the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region IV Regional Administrator. Appointed by HUD Secretary Ben Carson in 2017. She currently leads HUD’s Southeast operation in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Prior to her appointment as Region IV Regional Administrator, Cleveland-Leggett spent more than thirty years of combined and extensive legal experience in the public and private sectors, and was actively involved as a business and community leader in Atlanta.
An accomplished corporate lawyer, she represented various healthcare clients in transactional and regulatory matters including hospital accuisitions, hospital and physician contract negotiations and clinical integrations. She also assisted in resolving and defending matters regarding antitrust and employment law including cases of discrimination.
Additionally, Cleveland-Leggett served on the Georgia Commission for Women, Georgia State Ethics Commission, State Personnel Oversight Commission, and Council for the Hearing Impaired Legal Clinic, Co-Counsel.
A graduate of Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts (J.D., 1984) and Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama (B.A., 1981), she is married to Dr. Christopher J.W.B. Leggett and they are the proud parents of two wonderful children.