Urban planner and Community organizer
Housing Fellow for the New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
Francis Yu (they/them) is an urban planner/community organizer and serves as a Housing Fellow for the New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC). They research a myriad of affordable housing policy and development issues specific to programs managed by the two agencies. They are an M.S. Urban Planning graduate from GSAPP at Columbia University and a double B.A. in Communication Studies and Urban Studies and Planning from University of California San Diego. Francis co-founded DefundVallejoPD (Vallejo, CA), a grassroots research advocacy organization with a mission of shining light on injustices brought on by oppressive systems, perpetuated by local policing, and democratizing the ways in which people resist these structures. In their spare time, they enjoy New York public spaces and also urban homesteading back in California.