WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 05, 2015) - The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) is pleased to announce Julia Gordon has joined the organization as Executive Vice President. In her new role, Julia will work with all teams across the organization and will increase NCST's presence in the policy arena.
"Earlier in my career, I worked in the civil legal aid sector, where we served clients living in struggling communities," said Gordon. "Most recently I've worked at the federal policy level, where I've developed an expertise on housing and consumer finance issues. In many ways, my new role at NCST brings together my desire to work hands-on in struggling communities with my interest in making change on a larger scale."
"We face significant policy challenges in our country right now, and have a time-sensitive opportunity to take action to preserve and revitalize our urban neighborhoods," said Rob Grossinger, president of NCST. "The addition of Julia in a leadership role is vital for NCST's future. Her knowledge, her past and current work, and her passion for supporting our mission of returning vacant, abandoned properties in low- to moderate-income communities to productive housing stock will all play a role in our continued success."
Prior to joining NCST, Julia served as the Senior Director of Housing and Consumer Finance at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Her work focused on the future of housing finance, access to sustainable and affordable homeownership and rental, and safe and appropriate financial products and services for all. She has written extensively about housing finance and mortgage regulation, has frequently testified before Congress, and has been a key resource for journalists in print, radio and television. Previously, Julia managed the single-family policy team at the Federal Housing Finance Agency and before that served as senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending. She has also worked at the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, the DC Legal Aid Society, and the law firm of WilmerHale.
"The first step is to send the message that we can't abandon these neighborhoods wholesale," added Gordon. "This is a policy emergency. Most of the market areas NCST focuses on faced troubles well before the financial crisis hit in 2008, and many policymakers write them off as unsalvageable. I'm excited to bring NCST in to the vibrant conversations happening now about how best to revitalize neighborhoods and enable individuals and families to thrive."
Julia received her bachelor's degree in government from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
National Community Stabilization Trust
A growing divide permeates the U.S. housing recovery, especially in many communities where high rates of vacant, abandoned and distressed properties depress the value of nearby homes, create health and safety risks, lower local tax revenues and complicate challenging neighborhood stabilization efforts. The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to collaborating with local partners and national stakeholders to ensure the return of distressed properties to productive use and accelerate neighborhood revitalization. www.StabilizationTrust.com
High-res image of Julia Gordon included with this release