Mark Brezina is one of eight children raised by a single mother. As the only family in American football history to have six brothers play for the same major university, Mark and his five brothers were football standouts at the University of Houston. The family was recently honored with a memorial dedicated in the plaza of the new football stadium.
Mark graduated in 1972 from the University of Houston. He received his Masters from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and has advanced studies at the University of Maryland and Harvard University. Prior to entering the public sector, Mr. Brezina was in business for 12 years, played professional football, taught high school and coached high school football.
In 1989 Mark served as Delegation Leader to the (former) USSR for the American-Soviet Youth Exchange and received a Presidential Appointment, serving on the staff of HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. Mark served the Department as Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator and as the Resident Initiatives Coordinator for the Southeast Region in Public Housing. For eighteen years he served as the Tennessee Field Office Director for HUD.
In 2011 he was appointed Deputy Regional Administrator of HUD, Region VI leading 750 employees in eleven offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. His operational oversight in Region VI delivered billions of dollars in multifamily and single-family insurance, hundreds of millions of dollars in grants for low-income housing, community development, and for enforcement of the nation’s fair housing laws.
Mark served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Disasters and implemented FEMA’s first Disaster Recovery Framework. A member of the Secretary’s Tiger Team he served as Chair of National Evaluation of Offices. He has overseen fifteen offices in three regions and served as coach to senior officials throughout the U.S.
During his tenure at HUD Mark authored HUD’s Youth Sports and Cultural Initiative that went nationwide. He was Founding Member of the Hank Aaron Rookie Leagues of Atlanta and served as Chair of the HUD-NFL Task Force. He was a speaker at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Inner City Games in Los Angeles, California. Mark received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence and the Boys and Girls Club National Award.
Mark serves on the National Advisory Board of the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge University. He has been married 42 years to the former Deborah Lynne Davis of Houston. They have three adult children.