Appointed Deputy Secretary, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency in the administration of Governor Gray Davis.

Ms. Neal oversaw the housing departments, which include:

The California Department of Real Estate
The California Housing Finance Agency
The Office of Real Estate Appraisers
The California Housing and Community Development

She was the Agency's representative on the California Coastal Commission, the California Rural Assistance Corporation, as well as, the 21st Century Commission on the California Infrastructure. Deputy Secretary Neal was responsible for developing and implementing the Housing Policy for the State of California. She represented the Cabinet Secretary at inter-government commissions and task forces.

Ms. Neal represented Business, Transportation and Housing on the California Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors as a voting member.

Deputy Secretary Neal served on the University of California President’s task force on housing. She served on the Department of Mental Health’s Supportive Housing Advisory, as well as, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Substances Task Force to clean-up Brownfields.

In the Fall of 2001, Ms. Neal was assigned to work with the California Department of Transportation to identify surplus property and under-utilized property that could be sold to affordable housing developers for the production of low and moderate-income housing.

According to Deputy Secretary Neal, clean, decent, safe, and affordable housing for all Californians is one of her top priorities.

Patricia W. Neal (Pat) is a long-time leader in the real estate industry.

President of the California Association of Realtors. Ms. Neal served as President of the California Association of Realtors in 1994, the largest state trade/professional association in the United States. The C.A.R. membership was 106,000 in 1994. She was only the second woman to serve as C.A.R. President.

Real Estate broker. Pat Neal was the broker for Pat Neal Associates in Huntington Beach, an independent general brokerage office. The company specialized in first-time homebuyers, relocation, senior citizens and lender owned properties. Ms. Neal had been involved in the development of multi-family units, tax deferred exchanges, and investment real estate.

Lambda Alpha International. Ms. Neal is a member of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society. The Society was founded in 1930 at Northwestern University, its purposes include a closer understanding and liaison between the academic and business communities and the furthering of the highest ideals of scholarship and integrity in all fields relating to land economics. Membership is by invitation only; individuals are invited into membership on the basis of an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the knowledge or practice of land economics.

Multi-cultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. In 1992, the California Association of Realtors named Pat Neal chairman of this special committee to deal with the aftermath of the Los Angeles civil unrest. She was responsible for bringing together a diverse group of Industry participants and formed a multi-cultural committee. This committee included the Realtists, academics, government officials, and representatives of the insurance and mortgage industries. The committee is still in existence and provides a forum within the real estate industry to address the rapidly changing demographics in the metropolitan Los Angeles area.

Industry leader with the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Neal served the National Association of Realtors as a Director from 1985 –1999.. Her areas of expertise are real estate finance, financial institutions, and the secondary mortgage market. In 1997, she chaired the Real Estate Settlement Procedures summit for the National Association of Realtors; its purpose was to devise a national strategy for the reform of RESPA. Ms. Neal has served on HUD’s government oversight committee. The oversight committee is charged with monitoring Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE’s). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two of the major GSE’s.

Public policy knowledge and experience. Pat Neal has been involved in public policy, legislative, regulatory, mortgage outreach, and banking reform for the past fifteen years. She chaired a banking powers reform group for the National Association of Realtors, which established NAR’s banking policy. In addition, Ms. Neal chaired the committee responsible for NAR’s policy supporting the Community Reinvestment Act.

National Advisory Council of Fannie Mae. In 1994 and 1995, Ms. Neal served on the national advisory council of Fannie Mae. In 2001 Ms. Neal served on the Maxwell Awards Advisory Committee of the Fannie Mae Foundation.

Candidate for Congress. Ms. Neal was the Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 45th Congressional District of Orange County in 1998. Ms. Neal ran against incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. She received 38 percent of the vote. The State AFL-CIO, the Building Trades, Operating Engineers, Communications Workers, Teamsters, IBEW, Professional Firefighters, California Federation of Teachers, and approximately 150 unions endorsed her candidacy. In addition, she received bipartisan support from Women in Leadership in Orange County, Planned Parenthood, Women for Choice, and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Education-professional activities. Pat has served on the Rancho Santiago College real estate advisory commission since 1979. She has been an instructor in agency laws, ethics and business practices. Ms. Neal was a consultant to Boards of Realtors and she conducted leadership training, strategic planning, and budgeting seminars.

Personal. Pat was born in Philadelphia and raised in Long Beach. She attended Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and the University of California at Berkeley. Pat is a graduate of the State and Local Executive Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2002 she was selected to be in the inaugural class of the Women & Power Executive Program at the JFK School of Government.

Update. Ms. Neal was appointed Director of the Los Angeles- Orange County Partnership Office of Fannie Mae in 2003. She subsequently served as a Director of Housing and Community Development at the Western Region Headquarters of Fannie Mae , working on special projects. These included developing employer assisted housing programs, working with the Cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana and Los Angeles to address affordable housing.