Ulysses “Deke” Clayborn
Great Plains Regional Administrator, Region VII Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska
Ulysses Clayborn was appointed as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Great Plains region on February 28, 2022. As Regional Administrator, he is responsible for the oversight of the Secretary’s initiatives and strategies, which support the overarching department priorities to increase equity and to improve customer experience. He brings a collaborative approach and focus to supporting underserved communities, ensuring access to, and increasing the production of affordable housing, promoting homeownership, and advancing sustainable communities. These initiatives aim to advance strategic objectives for furthering housing justice, reducing homelessness, improving rental assistance, expanding homeownership opportunities, investing in climate resilience, and integrating healthcare and housing. He oversees HUD’s programs and service-delivery throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and fosters relationships between HUD, community partners, and elected officials.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Clayborn served as general counsel to the Missouri Housing Development Commission (“MHDC”), the state’s housing finance agency.
A believer in bar service, Mr. Clayborn has served in many previous capacities, including: Chair of the Real Estate and Probate Law Section of the National Bar Association (NBA), Member, NBA Board of Governors; Member of the Standing Committee for Lawyers Title Guaranty Funds for the American Bar Association (ABA); and the ABA’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section. In addition, he has served as President of the Jackson County Bar Association, Chair of the Special Committee for Minorities, and Women for the Missouri Bar.
Mr. Clayborn was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and he attended Depauw University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis.