Maureen Friar (MPP ’90)

Executive Director, Huairou Commission (Brooklyn, NY)

Maureen Friar


Maureen Friar has over 25 years experience as an organizer and activist in housing, community development, women's empowerment and disability rights. After many years engaging in domestic policy, she is currently leading the Huairou ("Why Row") Commission: Women, Homes and Community, a global network of grassroots women's organizations in 51 countries. Previously, she was Strategic Development Officer at Community Access in New York; President and CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, DC and Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York. She is passionate about advocating for cost-effective solutions to end poverty, discrimination and homelessness. Maureen's undergraduate degree is in International Relations from Brown University. 




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