Aaron Miripol

Position: NCRC Board

President and CEO- Urban Land Conservancy

Aaron has 30 years of experience running community development and affordable housing companies. He has over seen more than $1.4 billion in direct economic development, including over 3,000 permanently affordable homes and 1.2M sq. ft. of nonprofit/educational facilities Aaron joined ULC in 2007 and leads this unique nonprofit real estate company in partnering with a wide range of organizations in the Denver metro area on the strategic acquisition and development of land and buildings to preserve and enhance their ability to create sustainable benefits in underserved communities.

ULC has invested over $180 million in community real estate and leveraged more than $1.25 billion in affordable housing and nonprofit facility development. Recently, Aaron led the $62M acquisition of Johnson and Wales University, 25+ acre campus in Denver that is supporting K-12 education, permanent affordable housing (LIHTC), and job training and incubation for start-up businesses of color. ULC has partnered on 11 LIHTC developments. Over 12,500 people and (more than 80% are low income households) and 2,100 jobs are served by ULC’s community real estate investment.

Aaron is a founding member of the Neighborhood Development Collaborative and Mile High Connects, and currently serves on the Board of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Prior to his work at ULC, Aaron was the Executive Director of Thistle Community Housing, providing oversight on one of the fastest growing non-profit housing providers in Colorado. In his nine years at Thistle, the organization’s affordable housing production grew from 100 homes to 1,000 rental and ownership homes valued at over $70 million. He completed four LIHTC developments at Thistle. Most importantly, Thistle grew from serving 250 people a year to over 3,000 people annually in need of affordable housing.

Before moving to Colorado, Aaron worked in Baltimore running two inner city nonprofit community development corporations, Southwest Visions and The Loading Dock. He was a Goldsmith Scholar in International Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has his BA in History & International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, and a Masters in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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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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