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

June 29, 2015
Today, the New York State government passed legislation that will hurt New York City tenants and further erode affordable housing throughout the city.
June 9, 2015
Mayor de Blasio made an important statement yesterday about the 421a Developers Tax Break, saying “If we can’t mend it, let’s end it.” The Mayor, Assembly Speaker Heastie and Assembly Member Wright have taken a leading position on rent regulation, pushing to close regulation loopholes that have enabled the loss of thousands of affordable apartments.
May 11, 2015
ANHD today released the 2015 edition of our annual risk chart:  How is Affordable Housing Threatened in Your Neighborhood? Each year the chart takes a variety of indicators of threats to affordable housing and lays them out at a community-district level in a user-friendly format.
April 1, 2015
Last week, the Furman Center released a white paper on Inclusionary Zoning, Creating Affordable Housing Out of Thin Air.  It’s an incredible comprehensive look at the economics behind Inclusionary Zoning, and leads greatly to understanding how to most effectively shape the economic aspects of a new Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning policy.
February 12, 2015
Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito in her State of the City Speech today pledged to implement the recommendations of an important report entitled Engines of Opportunity: Reinvigorating New York City’s Manufacturing Zones for the 21st Century.