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 19, 2014
On Tuesday night Queens’ Community Board 1 held a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of Astoria Cove with a final vote next Tuesday, June 17th. However, over 50 community members signed up to speak at the public hearing to ask questions and voice serious concerns about the proposed development – especially about the lack of affordable housing, scale and visual impact of the proposal, and the jobs and hiring practices that will be utilized.
April 10, 2014
Our city cannot simply build its way out of our affordability crisis. In the past twelve years, over 180,000 new market-rate housing units were built, creating almost $8 billion in new wealth for real estate developers.  Much of this new development happened in the nearly 40% of the city that was rezoned.
February 25, 2014
In order to build Mayor de Blasio’s goal of 200,000 units of affordable housing in New York City, we must do just that – build. The Daily News reported last week that the Mayor told the Real Estate Board of New York “… the only way I can achieve my goals is if we are building and building aggressively.”