Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr.


Dr. Carson recently served as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 2017 to 2021. At HUD, he led the agency in many programs focused on advancing economic opportunity; providing safe, fair and affordable housing; spurring reinvestment in communities; reducing homelessness; assisting and promoting self-sufficiency to underserved and vulnerable populations; and helping disaster victims, while emphasizing fiscal responsibility and reduction of regulatory barriers. During his tenure as HUD Secretary, Dr. Carson also led the collaboration of eight federal agencies to establish the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing. Prior to serving as HUD Secretary, Dr. Carson had a distinguished career in the field of medicine where he performed thousands of surgeries and served in many leadership positions, including Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions from 1984 to 2013 and as a Professor of Neurological Surgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions from 1999 to 2013. Dr. Carson also currently serves on the Board of Directors of D.R. Horton, Inc. and Covenant Logistics Group, Inc., and he has prior experience serving on the Board of Directors of Costco Wholesale Corporation and Kellogg Company.