Barika Williams is Executive Director of Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD), an organization building community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. During her ANHD tenure she led impactful projects and initiatives – including ANHD’s mandatory inclusionary housing and equitable economic development. She’s passionate about policies that advance equity, inclusion, and opportunity in all neighborhoods, especially for low-income communities and communities of color. Prior to her appointment, Barika served as the Assistant Secretary for Housing for the State of New York under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. There, she supported the Governor’s programs and initiatives to increase NY State housing affordability including the $20 billion housing plan and expanding tenant protections statewide. Barika holds a master’s degree from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.