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Elizabeth Wampler

Elizabeth Wampler

Elizabeth Wampler

Senior Initiative Officer and Director, Great Communities Collaborative
Why do you do what you do?

I had a transformative experience when I moved from car-centric Houston to old-school transit town Chicago and realized that when you live in a place where transit and land use work together, life works so much better. But the ability to live in a place where you can safely walk around town, or hop on a train or bus, isn’t an option for everyone. How many people can afford to live within 30 minutes of work? How many kids can safely walk or take the bus to school? There aren’t enough places in the Bay Area where the answer to those questions is yes, and increasingly, those places are affordable only for wealthy, mostly white families.

What drew you to the foundation?

I was drawn to the foundation because we get to be intentional and action-oriented as we address racial and economic inequities head-on. It is a privilege to do this work.

How would you describe your role?

I lead the Great Communities Collaborative, which envisions a Bay Area that’s equitable and sustainable, where people can live in neighborhoods with affordable homes, quality transit and safe streets, and without fear of displacement or the impact of climate change. Practically, this means that I work closely with our funding partners to bring this work alive via grantmaking, learning and building spaces for folks to come together.

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