Kathleen Lara
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Kathleen Lara

Executive Director

Kathleen works to formulate and advance innovative, efficient programs aimed at reducing intense residential segregation and barriers to economic opportunity in collaboration with the Institute staff and Board, academic leaders, housing developers, advocates, and non-profit practitioners in several cities throughout the country to date. She came to the Institute after working to advance federal, state, and local legislative priorities related to housing and economic security for a statewide community development association representing more than 220 members as the Policy Director.  Kathleen came to that role after serving as Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman André Carson and Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Julia Carson in Washington, D.C. In both roles, she served as their chief policy advisor on the House Financial Services Committee with oversight of the federal housing, banking, securities, and insurance regulation.

Throughout her career, she has served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations in Indianapolis. Kathleen is eager to expand our network of collaborators and partners in her role leading the Institute and encourages interested practitioners, policymakers, or advocates to reach out anytime to ask about our work or explore how we might collaborate in developing or expanding on strategies to address the residential and economic segregation in additional cities throughout the country.

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