Full Name
Kim Graziani
Job Title
Senior Advisor, National Technical Assistance
Center for Community Progress
Speaker Bio
Kim Graziani is the Technical Assistance Senior Advisor at the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.” For over ten years Graziani helped build and lead Community Progress’ National Technical Assistance Program, which has served over 300 communities in 35 states. She is considered one of the leading national experts in delinquent property tax enforcement systems and land banking.
Prior to her national work, Graziani served as the Director of Neighborhood Initiatives to the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was instrumental in developing and implementing innovative policies and strategies for the equitable reuse of vacant and abandoned properties that prioritized resident engagement, neighborhood preservation, and community wealth-building. She created several policies and programs recognized by the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors focused on participatory budgeting and how to engage residents in the allocation of federal funds for local uses such as affordable housing, rental assistance, and the creative reuse of vacant land.
Graziani also has expertise in affordable housing and community organizing through her work with multiple community development corporations, private foundations, and social service agencies in New York and Pennsylvania. She is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional and received her master’s degrees in Public Administration and Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh where she also served as part-time faculty.
Graziani currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama and is the President and CEO of Indigo Collaborative LLC, a national consulting firm dedicated to building trust and sharing power between local government and residents to equitably revitalize communities.
Graziani’s recent publications have been focused on land banks and community land trusts and include a chapter in the research volume from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Cleveland entitled Tackling Vacancy and Abandonment: Strategies and Impacts after the Great Recession as well as a Center for Community Progress publication entitled Land Banks and Community Land Trusts: Partnering to Provide Equitable Housing Opportunities Now and for Future Generations.
Kim Graziani