Natasha Sim

CDFI Program Manager
nsim@ncrc.org 202-792-1282

Natasha Sim is an attorney and program manager at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Since joining NCRC in late 2020, Natasha has led the implementation of a multi-million-dollar lending program and managed the development of an affordable housing initiative aiming to produce 20 million homes by 2030. Natasha has been featured by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association. Natasha is currently serving as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s Community Economic Development Committee.

Natasha is regularly called to speak at industry events and is a proud supporter of several organizations focused on the empowerment of women and underserved communities, including the D.C. Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and Women in Housing and Finance. Natasha was honored to be listed on the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2020 with High Honors—an award for those who have completed over 100 hours of pro-bono service in a given year.

Natasha received a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2017 and an LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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