Boston – The Boston Foundation today announced that longtime affordable housing advocate Soni Gupta will join the Foundation as Director of Neighborhoods and Housing. She comes to the Foundation from Home Funders, an affordable housing collaborative where she served as Executive Director since 2011. There she worked on all aspects of its operations, including oversight of its loans and housing unit production goals, public policy and advocacy, and fundraising.
Gupta replaces Rebecca Koepnick, who left the Foundation in 2017. In her new role, Gupta will drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of one of the Foundation’s strategic priorities: addressing the need for affordable homes for the people of Greater Boston with a special focus on deep affordability.
“Soni brings more than two decades of work on issues of affordable housing to the Boston Foundation,” said Orlando Watkins, Vice President of Program. “We know firsthand of her skills and talents, and I am personally excited to have her join our leadership team. Her deep background makes her uniquely suited to the challenge of strengthening our community’s neighborhoods and promoting affordable housing for all of our city’s residents.”
Prior to Home Funders, Gupta was a consultant to several nonprofit housing producers across the state, and before that was Director of Housing at the Somerville Community Corporation, and Interim Executive Director at the AIDS Housing Corporation. She is also the President of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) Board and currently co-chairs CHAPA’s Homelessness Committee.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Mumbai, India, and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT.
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