6 Under 36
*We’re 36 years young!* And so, in honor of Shelterforce’s 36th anniversary, we decided to look to the future and start off our 6 times 6 (6x6) anniversary coverage by hearing from 6 young (as in 36 or younger) community development leaders. We asked them to tell us a bit about where they think the field is and where it’s going.
It was hard to pick only 6, given all the wonderful young leaders out there making a difference. So along with the 6 we featured in print, scroll down to find more essays from some of our other wonderful young community developer nominees.
Use Planning to Filter and Focus
As a population that knows how to both “think” and “do,” leaders in community development naturally take interest in tackling the various components of… By Stephanie R. Allewalt
Building Leadership in Communities of Color
Growing up in affordable housing, I never thought I would be working on the side that provides this critical service. Now six years into… By Jaime Arredondo
Housing Investments Are Neighborhood Investments
I entered the community development field roughly 10 years ago, as a housing fellow at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development… By Karen Beck Pooley
How Do We Get It Done?
I was just shy of 30 when I became the youngest executive director of my Boston-based CDC, the Asian Community Development Corporation. Up until… By Janelle Chan
The Promise of Sustainable Design
I first took an interest in community development in 2005 while at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. At the time, the… By Brent Elrod
The Challenge of Change
The field of community development is in the midst of significant change. Between budget cuts, rising costs, and the ever-growing numbers of families that… By Shola Olatoye