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Maile is a Housing Policy Associate with the Community Power, Policy, and Partnerships team at OBI. Maile is excited to support the team’s work understanding community-owned real estate models and equitable affordable housing finance systems.

As a Masters of City Planning student at UC Berkeley, Maile supported quantitative and qualitative research on upzoning legislation, housing funding allocation methods, worker stoppages, and administration of the Emergency Rental Assistance program. Reviewing applications for the Terner Center’s Housing Lab, inspired Maile to focus on community-owned financing for equitable real estate development and paths for growing existing models. Maile is eager to experiment with alternatives to extractive real estate investment and use learnings to continue redefining our relationship to land. 

After graduating with a BA from Guilford College, Maile served low-income tenants in Philadelphia. Their work was grounded in a year with the Quaker Voluntary Service, practicing justice work rooted in intentional, values-aligned community building. Whether supporting airport worker organizing or onboarding public housing tenants in a rent savings program, Maile has always felt inspired by the power of relationships and orientation towards growing fun, meaningful processes as the foundation for transformation.