Rasmia Kirmani-Frye

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye is an independent consultant focusing on urban problem solving, housing, movement building, governance design, non-profit management, narrative development, and strategic planning. Until December 2018, Mrs. Kirmani-Frye was director at the Office of Public/Private Partnerships for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), appointed to the executive team in 2015. She developed and managed NYCHA’s strategic relationships with external entities including not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic investors, and private sector partners. While at NYCHA, Mrs. Kirmani-Frye founded The Fund for Public Housing in 2016 where she served as its first president. The Fund for Public Housing invests in the well-being of public housing residents and their communities by collaborating with partners to re-imagine and improve the way public housing in NYC works. Prior to that Mrs. Kirmani-Frye served as director of The Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of the national not-for-profit organization Community Solutions. A founding member of The Brownsville Partnership, she spearheaded the effort to build the collective’s impact neighborhood network of 31 organizations by working with community residents, many of whom live in public housing. Prior to the Brownsville Partnership, Mrs. Kirmani-Frye worked as a community organizing and strategic planning consultant for non-profit organizations and agencies throughout New York City. She also served as the Brooklyn outreach coordinator at Partnership for Parks. She launched her career at the Times Square Business Improvement District under the direction of Gretchen Dykstra. She earned a master of science in Urban and Public Policy from The New School and a bachelor of arts in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Mrs. Kirmani-Frye is currently a PhD candidate in Urban and Public Policy at The New School, where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. She is a board member of the Hester Street Collaborative, on the advisory board of the Center for Court Innovation, and advisor to Made in Brownsville, Inc. In 2018, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation named Mrs. Kirmani-Frye a Sterling Network Fellow—48 New York City leaders from government, non-profit and business sectors working together to tackle the challenge of increasing economic mobility across the five boroughs.