California HCD Welcomes Ryan Seeley, Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith & Kyle Krause

Ryan Seeley has been reappointed as the California Department of Housing & Community Development’s (HCD) general counsel and deputy director, where he has served in that role since 2017 and has served in several positions since 2010, including assistant chief counsel and attorney. Previously, Seeley was a principal attorney at his own practice from 2008 to 2010, an associate attorney at Downey Brand Attorneys LLP from 2007 to 2008, and at Bornholdt & Associates from 2005 to 2007. Seeley earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith has been reappointed deputy general counsel at HCD, where she has served in that role since 2017 and served as an attorney from 2007 to 2017. Prior to HCD, Schmutzer-Smith was a research attorney at Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP from 2001 to 2006, where she was a paralegal from 2000 to 2001. She was also a tax specialist at KPMG LLP in 2001. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Kyle Krause has been appointed as HCD’s deputy director of codes and standards, where he has been serving as acting deputy director since 2020 and has served in several positions since 2010, including assistant deputy director of codes and standards and state housing law program manager of codes and standards. Prior to that, Krause was a deputy building official at El Dorado County Building Services from 2016 to 2018. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989 and attained the rank of E-5. Krause is also a member of the International Code Council and California Building Officials.