MidPen Housing, one of the most trusted nonprofit developers, owners, and managers of high-quality affordable housing in Northern California, has hired its first-ever Senior Vice President of Equity and Inclusion.
Jennifer Ingram will be working closely with company leaders, Board of Directors, and staff to operationalize MidPen’s DEIB strategy and monitor ongoing progress as part of a long-term vision for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) to be the center of all work, both internally and within its communities. She will play an important role in helping achieve the goals in MidPen’s 5-Year Strategic Plan to advance housing and racial justice, and she will be instrumental in the continued advancement of MidPen’s commitment to developing communities with a lens on social, economic, and racial equity.
“For over three years MidPen has been intentional in making strides forward, informed by data from the employee equity and inclusion insights surveys. During the last strategic planning process, the organization fully integrated DEIB in all facets of the business. Any organization that is so rooted in understanding its purpose and continuing on with that work is one that is poised to make meaningful impact for its employees, residents, vendors, and the community at large, and this is just one of the reasons I am beyond excited to join MidPen Housing,” said Ingram.
Jennifer’s dedication to DEIB work – and housing justice – is engrained in her career path, and counts as one of her greatest passions, along with inspiring others to embrace their own journeys of authenticity. She is the founder of two companies: 3011 Whitney, a real estate investment/development company built on a legacy of strengthening diverse communities through pride in residence. The other, Calibrated Lens, is a consulting firm that works with clients to increase productivity, performance and brand presence by prioritizing and centering equity and inclusion.
“Fifty years ago, this company was founded upon the exact same mission that we strive to fulfill today, focusing on building communities that support racial and economic inclusion, creating opportunities for our residents,” said Matthew O. Franklin, MidPen Housing’s President and CEO. “With Jennifer leading this intentional work, we are beyond excited to take our company’s guiding principles of DEIB, along with our employees, residents, and community partners, to the next level in the overall journey of fulfilling our mission and advancing housing and racial justice.”
Jennifer brings more than 10 years of DEIB leadership, both in the health care (Mayo Clinic, Henry Ford Health System) and non-profit (United Way) sectors, with empathy, collaboration, partnerships, and relationship-building as the driving forces of her leadership style.