Chapter 13: Terrie Alafat, CBE: Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
In April 2015 Ms. Alafat joined the Chartered Institute of Housing, an independent non-profit British organization, which is the professional body for housing in the UK and works in a number of other countries across the world. It plays a key role influencing policy to improve housing and communities for all UK citizens. Prior to that she served as Director of Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government. She has worked in the British Civil Service since 2003, covering various housing policies including homelessness, affordable housing and housing supply. Before moving to the UK, she was involved in educational research and evaluation in Chicago schools. She started her career in the UK in social services policy development in a London local authority and was director of housing and corporate strategy for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea until moving to the Government Office for London where she was responsible for housing and local government. In 2013, she was recognized by the Queen with the honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to homelessness. Ms. Alafat was educated at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, and the University of Chicago.
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