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Global Women Leaders

Breaking Boundaries

Regina Wentzel Wolfe and Patricia H. Werhane

Global Women Leaders showcases narratives of women in business, nonprofit organizations and the public sector who have achieved leadership positions despite cultural obstacles and gender bias. Featuring leaders from India, Japan, Jordan and the United Kingdom, the book examines how these women have overcome challenges and served as role models in their professions.
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Chapter 13: Terrie Alafat, CBE: Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

Breaking Boundaries

Regina Wentzel Wolfe and Patricia H. Werhane

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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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