Zaba Rashan

Zaba Rashan

Position: Program Manager, NCRC Community Development Fund

Zaba Rashan joined the NCRC Community Development Fund as a program manager in 2021 with a primary focus on the organization’s small business technical assistance and portfolio management. Her professional experience spans the non-profit, federal, and government contracting sectors where she has worked on issues in foreign affairs, security, humanitarian aid, climate change, small business education and sustainable housing.

Prior to joining NCRC, Zaba worked as a researcher in support of government and NGO clients and managed a portfolio including the CDC, State Department, World Bank, USAID, and the US military. She regularly provided briefings and situation reports as a subject matter expert on the security and humanitarian situations in Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Pakistan. Prior to that, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the marketing and communications departments at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals where she worked closely with the executive team to produce the organization’s annual publications and entrepreneur programming.

Zaba received her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in International Affairs and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in Political Science. A polyglot with fluency in English, Spanish, Arabic and Farsi, Zaba is a humanitarian at heart who believes in thinking globally and acting locally.

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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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