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Announcement Regarding Leadership Changes at Partnership


David Fink has formally retired from full-time employment with the Partnership for Strong Communities as its Policy Director. Beginning in January, he will be a consultant to the Partnership working two days per week on a variety of projects. David joined the Partnership in 2004. In this role, he organized and directed the HOMEConnecticut campaign, the statewide campaign to expand affordable housing. David also coordinated education and advocacy efforts that relate housing to education, transportation, energy, healthcare and other key disciplines. 
David is a state leader on housing policy and a tireless advocate for affordable housing. He’s worked with scores of municipalities on planning and zoning issues, and played a major role in transforming the conversation about affordable housing in our state. David wore many hats in his time at the Partnership. His colleagues lovingly refer to him as the mentor, teacher, storyteller, cheerleader, counselor, professor, comedian, and writer extraordinaire. He will be sorely missed in this role. We will be celebrating David’s work in March, and will keep major stakeholders apprised of the plans. 
I’m very pleased to announce that Christina Rubenstein has been named the Policy Director for the Partnership. Christy joined the Partnership in 2006 and has been the Deputy Policy Director since 2013. She has been a lead researcher and policy analyst on housing and homelessness programs and proposals, focusing on the housing market, demographic trends, income and wealth factors, state and federal housing production programs, affordable housing preservation, transit-oriented development, land-use planning, communication and community understanding and related issues. Christy has compiled and analyzed housing data annually for PSC, and provides support for the HOMEConnecticut and the Reaching Home Campaigns. She has been a spokeswoman and worked with the media, and has overseen content development for the Partnership's website, email newsletters and various Partnership publications, including the annual HousingInCT report. 
Christy worked previously as a research assistant at the Cambridge Housing Authority, where she analyzed agency operations and produced reports for HUD. Prior to that, she worked as a policy analyst with the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations, where she analyzed operational issues for a number of city agencies. Upon graduating from college, Christy was an AmeriCorps volunteer and then worked as a paralegal at a small non-profit law firm that provides legal services to community organizations in the City of Baltimore. 
She has a B.A. in American Studies and Sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Christy now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughters and telecommutes for the Partnership, traveling to Connecticut regularly.

As we make these transitions, we at the Partnership look forward to continuing to work with you to fulfill our mission: ending homelessness, expanding the creation of affordable housing and building strong communities in Connecticut. 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 



Alicia Woodsby
Executive Director


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