Lena Afridi

Acting Director

As Director of Policy and Partnerships, Lena oversees Pratt Center's planning technical assistance work with community-based organizations, and guides our policy research and advocacy agenda.

Born in Karachi and raised in Queens, Lena P. Afridi is committed to fighting for good jobs, truly affordable housing, and equitable development shaped by and for low wealth communities of color and immigrant communities. Lena's work has spanned movements for over a decade, and connects issues of race, labor, and city planning. Lena's work helps implement policies that address economic and racial inequity through research, data analysis, and advocacy. She was a 2016 Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellow and a 2017 Next City Vanguard Fellow.

Prior to working at Pratt, Lena was the Director of Policy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. Her writing and research can be found in various media outlets, including Al-Jazeera, the New Inquiry, Mask Magazine, Rolling Stone, and CNN, among others.  Lena holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Regional Planning Degree from Cornell University. In her spare time, Lena can be found writing or powerlifting.