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Julie DeGraaf Velazquez

Vice President, Community Redevelopment

Julie DeGraaf Velazquez is POAH’s Vice President for Community Redevelopment, working with the POAH team and partners on the redevelopment of one of the organization’s Miami properties, and providing technical assistance on POAH’s public housing redevelopments in Chicago, Washington and Boston. She is also involved in the financing work for POAH’s future redevelopment of a new mixed-use, mixed-income project redevelopment in the historic Sugar Hill Arts District in Midtown Detroit.

Previously, DeGraaf Velazquez worked for McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) where she was a managing director of development responsible for managing comprehensive, large-scale, mixed income and mixed finance community redevelopment projects and developing community facilities in low- and moderate-income communities. She joined MBS as a Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence Fellow (University of Pennsylvania), and prior to MBS was the Director of Homeownership Services with the Resurrection Project in Chicago. 

She is a graduate of Calvin College and received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.