DENISE CLEVELAND-LEGGETT serves as the Region IV Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to the appointment in July 2017 as the HUD Region IV Regional Administrator, Denise Cleveland-Leggett, has over thirty years of combined extensive legal experience in the public and private sectors while also being actively involved as a business and community leader in Atlanta. An accomplished corporate lawyer she represented various healthcare clients in transactional and regulatory matters, including hospital acquisitions, hospital and physician contract negotiations, and clinical integrations, as well as, assisting in resolving and defending matters, such as Antitrust and Employment Law, including discrimination. She also served on the Georgia Commission for Women, Georgia State Ethics Commission, State Personnel Oversight Commission and Council for the Hearing Impaired Legal Clinic, Co-Counsel. She has additionally served on several non-profit boards, including chairing Literacy Action, Inc. which seeks to remedy Adult Literacy.
Denise Cleveland-Leggett is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Georgia State Bar Association and National Employment Lawyers Association. Additionally, she was honored with the 2009 State Bar of Georgia’s Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service and is recognized in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.
A graduate of Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts (J.D., 1984) and Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama (B.A., 1981) she is married to Dr. Christopher J.W.B. Leggett and they are the proud parents of two wonderful children.