Barika Williams
Executive Director


212-747-1112, ext. 21

Barika Williams (she/her) is ANHD's Executive Director. She was previously with ANHD as Deputy Director until 2018. During her ANHD tenure she led impactful projects and initiatives – including ANHD’s mandatory inclusionary housing, equitable economic development, and data and research work. She has an unparalleled breadth and depth of policy expertise on affordable housing and economic development, as well as deep knowledge on our organization, members, and the communities we serve. Perhaps most important, she's passionate about policies that advance equity, inclusion, and opportunity in all neighborhoods, especially for low-income communities and communities of color.

Prior to her appointment, Barika served as the Assistant Secretary for Housing for the State of New York under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. There, she managed the Governor’s major housing priorities consisting of various agencies with a combined workforce of over 1,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $2.5 billion dollars. She supported the Governor’s programs and initiatives to increase NY State housing affordability including the $20 billion housing plan and expanding tenant protections statewide.

In previous roles, Barika has published on several topics at the Urban Institute, served as Project Manager for a leading DC real estate firm and on a community-based comprehensive education reform initiative. Barika holds a master’s degree from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Barika Williams' News and Content

December 16, 2015
Today's dramatic City Planning Commission hearing on the de Blasio zoning proposals leads us to the crucial next step in the land-use process when the City Council takes up its role to negotiate any final land use text before their vote early in early 2016. The two City proposed zoning programs - Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) - are centerpieces of the de Blasio housing agenda.
November 16, 2015
The City recently released its long awaited Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy (MIH), a centerpiece of the de Blasio housing agenda. Unfortunately, the de Blasio Administration's current MIH proposal misses the opportunity to create the guaranteed, truly affordable housing that many neighborhoods are demanding.
October 7, 2015
Last week’s City Limits article details the collapse of the long-contested Rheingold Brewery development deal.  The Rheingold saga teaches an important lesson that is especially relevant today because of the many upcoming rezonings.
July 28, 2015
On June 26, 2015 after a long campaign by the tenant and affordable housing movement both he Rent Laws and the 421a Developer Tax Break were renewed in Albany. The results, on both fronts, were not what the tenant movement had hoped despite running an excellent campaign to make 2015 the ‘Year of the Tenant.’
July 16, 2015
ANHD announces the launch of our new Equitable Economic Development Initiative (EqED) in 2015, a long-term expansion of our work.