Since joining the team in 2013, Anya Brickman Raredon has helped grow AHI into a dynamic organizational platform with global reach and impact. In addition to her day-to-day leadership and mentoring of the team, Anya leads AHI's work in the formalization and redevelopment of informal settlements and post-disaster urban areas, as well as research into how the interconnection of physical, legal, financial, economic, and social systems can be leveraged to provide stable and permanent housing solutions for displaced populations. Her work at AHI has also included facilitation and strategic planning with affordable housing entities in both the US and abroad; the design of affordable housing strategies, analysis of housing affordability, and mapping of housing value chains in multiple countries; and the development of financial models to provide access to housing finance for low-income families. Anya has directed projects worldwide, including in Mongolia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Haiti, the Philippines, Lebanon, Bhutan, Fiji, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Anya also directs AHI’s Thought Leadership initiatives and collaborations with academic institutions, including Harvard and MIT.
Anya has worked extensively on research and development of community-based reconstruction strategies in post-earthquake Haiti, and coordinated the activities of multi-university teams of faculty and students working on urban design, land use planning, housing finance, and community capacity building. She continues to focus her research on the role of women in processes of community and social resiliency, building on her master's thesis, Opportunity in Haiti: Women as Agents of Resilience, published in the online Gender and Disaster Sourcebook. Other projects of note include: co-organization of a one-day conference at Harvard University called Cuba Facing Forward: Balancing Transition with Development in the Caribbean’s Most-Watched Nation and subsequent publication of a book on the same topic.
She received a Master's in City Planning from MIT in 2011 and a BA from Yale in 2004 with Honors in Architecture. She also holds certificates in International Law and International Humanitarian Law from the Université Catholique de Louvain through edX, and a certificate in International Housing Finance from the Wharton School of Business. She has a working knowledge of Spanish and a basic understanding of French.