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Reflections on a Career in Public Service

Friday, October 8, 2021

Reflecting on his long career in public service, Gate House Chairman Brian Montgomery spoke with DS News about the key lessons he has learned over the years.

Montgomery’s remarkable journey, which began driving in a Vice Presidential motorcade in his home state of Texas, took him to the White House, back to Texas to the Governor’s Mansion, and then back again to the White House and, eventually, to HUD and FHA (twice).

Montgomery was with the President of the United States on 9-11. He was at HUD dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the housing collapse, and in 202, he was back at HUD addressing the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on what he has taken away from these experiences, Montgomery takes pride in getting things done, in working with people on both sides of the aisle, and seeking common ground.  When trying to get something accomplished in Washington, he emphasizes, “Don’t ever assume anything, especially in a political environment. You never know how people will react to something, especially if you’re telling them you need their help.”