Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, December 8, 2008


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Governor Appoints Attorney to Housing Finance Board


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Aliso Viejo attorney Ruben Smith to the California Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors on Friday.

Established in 1975, the agency was chartered as the state’s affordable housing bank to make low interest rate loans through the sale of tax-exempt bonds to support the needs of renters and first-time homebuyers.

This position requires Senate confirmation and pays $100 per diem for attending meetings.

Smith, 51, is a shareholder of the international law firm of Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith, which bills itself as the largest certified minority-owned firm in the United States.

He was a shareholder with McKittrick, Jackson, DeMarco & Peckenpaugh from 1987 to 1993, and prior to that he was an associate to Morrison & Foerster from 1984 to 1987.

In 1981, he served as a legislative assistant to the Los Angeles City Council after spending a year as a staff assistant to the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs. He also served as a graduate analyst to the California State Department of Finance in 1979.

The co-founder and former co-chair of the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and California Council of School Attorneys.

Smith holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University, and a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. He is a democrat.


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