Board Candidate Bio for Katie McAuley (2021)

/ Board Candidate Bio for Katie McAuley (2021)

Name: Katie McAuley

What years have you lived in Lawrenceville? 2015-2016, 2018- present

Why did you move to Lawrenceville? Wanted to live in a diverse, dense, walkable, historical neighborhood.

Current job title (if employed): Director of Programs at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Why do you want to be on the LU Board? I want to continue to serve on the LU Board to advance activities and policies to make Lawrenceville more inclusive and diverse.

Volunteer, Non-Profit, or Board Experience: I have worked at affordable housing non-profits for the past 10 years. I served on the LU Board from 2019 to present, Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative 2015-2018, and WESA/WYEP Advisory Council 2020 – present. I volunteer as a LU Buddy.

What makes Lawrenceville unique? Why? Lawrenceville is unique for having such passionate and caring residents that truly want to make their neighborhood welcoming to all. I also love the architecture of Lawrenceville and the beautiful nature of the river and cemeteries.

What is one thing you would like to work on within the neighborhood? Why? I would like to continue to work on sustaining existing affordable housing in the neighborhood to avoid displacing our low to moderate income neighbors as well as creating new accessible affordable housing in the neighborhood to welcome diverse residents. I believe accessible affordable housing is essential for a healthy happy neighborhood.

How are you involved in the Lawrenceville community? I’m currently on the LU Board, serve as the chair of the Housing Committee, and volunteer as a LU Buddy.

What would you bring to the LU Board (e.g. experience, skills, perspective, network, etc.)? I believe I can bring a passion for fairness and justice as well as a deep knowledge of regional housing and community development policies and practices.

What’s one fun fact that others might be surprised to know about you? My backyard is a *certified* backyard habitat for birds and pollinators. I love making my tiny city yard into a little oasis!