PennPraxis Board Member
Kimberly Driggins is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC) and she has an extensive background in urban planning and real estate development. Prior to her appointment at WHC, Ms. Driggins served as Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department, where she was responsible for citywide planning initiatives regarding vacant land strategy, cultural and heritage planning, neighborhood retail and equitable development. Ms. Driggins is a nationally recognized expert in urban placemaking and has creative placemaking projects in both Detroit and Washington, DC.
Ms. Driggins also served as Associate Director of Citywide Planning for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning from 2008-2015. In this role, she oversaw the development of several economic development studies including: Retail Action Strategy (RAS), Creative DC Agenda, Green Collar Jobs Strategy, three streetcar land use studies, and two Neighborhood Indicators Reports. She was also part of the early thought leadership for the 11th Street Bridge Park and served on its equitable development taskforce.
Ms. Driggins currently serves as board member for Project for Public Spaces and is board chairperson for Gehl Institute. She has a BA degree from Hampton University, an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and was awarded a prestigious Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2015.