Program Officer, Housing and Transportation
Vinita is leading SVCF’s Housing and Transportation grantmaking strategy and brings to her work her research and practice experience in urban planning and policy, working to align place-based infrastructure improvements with community needs and aspirations, particularly for vulnerable populations that can be adversely affected by planning policies.
She most recently worked on the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, (the model for Bay Area’s CASA—Committee to House the Bay Area—framework) that is advancing access to affordable housing opportunities for Seattle’s residents. In Seattle, Vinita also led a film project that elevated the lived experiences of Central Area residents who are grappling with the displacement challenges of the changing city and was coordinating efforts to implement community stabilization priorities of the Chinatown-International District community. Vinita has previously worked for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and for the City of Oakland as well as in consulting and non-profits. Throughout her career she has strived to advance equity in the built environment, whether it was pursuing pathways to advance an understanding of alternative social housing models in the region or more broadly prioritizing social and economic inclusion within the public sector.
Independently, Vinita pursues research and writing on social justice issues in US cities and globally. She has a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Lucknow, India.