Program Manager, Special Initiatives
Karen Kali leads the Special Initiatives work for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and focuses on aging in community, Age-Friendly Banking, healthy communities and emerging areas of interest. Prior to joining NCRC, Karen assisted in comprehensive neighborhood planning community engagement in Iowa; provided technical assistance to cities, counties and states creating affordable housing trust funds; provided housing with services consulting with Capital Impact Partners; wrote extensively for HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research with Sage Computing; and served as a commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities, resolving consumer disputes filed within the Office of Consumer Protection in Montgomery County, Maryland. Karen is a certified urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a masters in Community and Regional Planning and a bachelor degree in Sociology. Additionally, Karen serves as the Wellness chairperson for her neighborhood school’s Parent Teachers Association, advocating for safe routes to school, clean and accessible water for all students and fresh foods and salad bars in elementary schools.