Dr. Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores, a scholar of housing policy and design, urban planning, and community inequality, has been appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to the New York City Housing Authority Board, NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye announced.
“Zaire’s vast experience in public policy on housing and urban planning will be a great asset to NYCHA, and I’m proud to welcome her aboard,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As we work to protect and strengthen public housing for New Yorkers across the five boroughs, bringing in talented and knowledgeable leaders is more important than ever.” “We’re so fortunate to have Zaire on our team as we move forward with the implementation of our long-term strategic plan NextGeneration NYCHA,” said Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “Her knowledge of public housing and urban planning will support our efforts to create, safe, clean and connected communities for our residents.”
As an Associate Professor of Sociology and Latino & Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Dr. Dinzey-Flores teaches courses on urbanism and social inequality. She has lectured and written extensively on these topics, including publishing an award winning book titled Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (University Of Pennsylvania Press: 2013), looking at residential neighborhoods and public housing in Puerto Rico, the second largest housing authority in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).