As the former Chief Operating Officer, Elodie led organization-wide operations and strategic planning efforts to make Living Cities’ strategic vision as a racial economic justice organization a reality.

Elodie Baquerot joined Living Cities in April 2011. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, she oversaw the implementation of a results-oriented approach to closing racial income and wealth gaps; ensured that our systems and infrastructure support the management and growth of programs and the organization overall; spearheaded our talent and organizational development strategy; and supported the building and maintenance of a fully inclusive culture where everyone can thrive.

Prior to joining Living Cities, Elodie served as a presidential appointee in Secretary Shaun Donovan’s Office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While there, she spearheaded policy development and implementation on a broad portfolio of priority projects for the Secretary. Elodie was also responsible for managing day-to-day operations and internal communications among presidential appointees and serving as a key liaison between the Department and key housing, philanthropic, and community development stakeholders, as well as elected officials and the White House.

Previously, Elodie was a Housing Fellow at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, managing a major revamp of the Department’s Inclusionary Housing Program.

She has also worked as a Research Associate at Monash University, co-authoring a paper on the implementation of international environmental treaties in Vietnam, and at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Elodie is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA) and the London School of Economics (MSc) and lives in New York City.