Kalima Rose

VP for Strategic Initiatives

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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 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, A Roadmap Toward Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland, California, and Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer, lay the groundwork for addressing some of the nation’s most challenging problems through effective policy change.