Project Manager of Housing Initiatives, United Way of Rhode Island
Kristina L. Brown is an experienced community development professional with a passion for furthering equitable solutions to complex social issues that support healthy communities in every zip code. She is currently the Project Manager of Housing Initiatives at the United Way of Rhode Island. As Project Manager of Housing Initiatives, Brown joins the United Way’s Community Investment team working to support equitable local change across housing, education, workforce development, and justice reform through investment and public policy. Additionally, she serves as the Program Manager for the Safe Harbor Housing Program, an emergency rental assistance and eviction diversion program administered by the United Way, working to ensure Rhode Island renter households remain safely housed during the pandemic. Prior to joining the United Way, Brown worked as the Policy Analyst for HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University. At HousingWorks RI, she conducted mixed-methods research on the intersection of health and housing in Rhode Island. Her work research and policy work was centered on analyzing systems with the goal of supporting and advancing equitable solutions. She has a diverse background of experience in a range of community development practices including place-based environmental education through art and creative practice, fabrication and design for public amenities and public art, facilitation of participatory public processes, and art for social justice movements. She holds a master’s degree in community development with a graduate certificate in urban and regional planning from Roger Williams University, School of Architecture and Historic Preservation, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Connecticut.