Pooja is a community development expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the strategic development of complex federal projects, specifically within community economic development and affordable housing programs. She leads project teams in developing high-quality, responsive delivery systems to federal leadership, staff, and grantees. Her work focuses on capacity building and training and technical assistance (TTA) resources that increase program effectiveness and promote equitable community development.
Pooja established and directed protocols for a variety of large-scale grant management activities, including TTA, web products, and written materials for federal programs, such as the Community Economic Development Program, the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals Program, the Rural Community Development (RCD) Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, among others.
For the last 15 years, Pooja served as Project Director for a portfolio of work within HHS supporting federal community economic development programs. She assisted clients with designing and administering programs, managing the application and award process, and establishing and evaluating policies, guidelines, procedures, and methodologies that guide these programs’ operations, implementation, and management.
Pooja is committed and dedicated to promoting equitable economic development in our nation’s most vulnerable communities. Throughout her career, she has also worked on a range of projects related to affordable housing, financial empowerment, lead-based paint, healthy homes, and disaster recovery.
Prior to joining our team, Pooja worked as a survey statistician for the education surveys branch of the U.S. Census Bureau.