PHOENIX - Claire Seguin will serve as interim director of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, a major bond issuer in the state, beginning next month following the resignation of current director Margaret Van Vliet.

Seguin joined Oregon Housing and Community Services, which has a nearly $1 billion bond debt portfolio, in January 2015 as the assistant director for housing stabilization. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Eugene-based Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, which helps assist Oregonians in Lane, Marion, and Clackamas counties to build financial sustainability. Seguin will assume her role on June 1.

Van Vliet, who will serve out the remainder of this month, was named director of Oregon Housing and Community Services in 2011. Prior to joining the state, Van Vliet served as the first director of the City of Portland's Housing Bureau. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown praised Van Vliet's time running the department.

"When Margaret first took the helm of Oregon Housing and Community Services, she led the agency's reset and re-established trust with the legislature and community stakeholders," Brown said. "She shepherded the agency's new strategic plan with success, which gives renewed focus to the importance of safe, stable, and affordable housing to help Oregonians in every corner of the state."

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