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Kalima Rose

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Kalima Rose, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, brings a three-decade history of working to advance infrastructure equity, housing, sustainable communities, and equitable development policy. In partnership with communities of color, low-income communities, tribal communities, and equity-focused municipal, regional, state, and federal leaders, Kalima has helped win new investments, resources, and jobs for disinvested communities, underemployed workers, and firms and artists of color. Over the last decade, Kalima played leadership roles in standing up and implementing the federal Sustainable Communities initiative, the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, and key equitable development initiatives in New Orleans’ Katrina recovery. She developed the PolicyLink Equitable Development toolkit, led national efforts to advance inclusionary housing in cities across the country, and is a national strategist in anti-displacement policy work. Her most recent publications, Healthy Communities of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Addressing America’s Housing Challenges, and A Roadmap Toward Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland, California, as well as the forthcoming Creative Change: Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development — A Policy and Practice Primer, lay the groundwork for addressing some of our communities’ most challenging problems through effective policy change.

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