Natasha Hicks is a Senior Associate with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. She applies her housing, policy, and design expertise to Insight’s racial and gender wealth inequality and economic security initiatives.
A trained urban planner and architect, Natasha brings experience in a variety of design disciplines and is passionate about addressing the root causes of racial and gender inequity embedded within the built environment. Natasha spent several years in the public sector applying her interdisciplinary skillset to redesign systems, policies, and harmful mental models. As a Government Innovation Fellow, she worked with the City of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department to collaboratively design with nonprofit stakeholders a new program for delivering coordinated housing stability services called Housing Resource Centers. Natasha also authored the City of Charleston’s first strategic plan for affordable housing called Housing for a Fair Charleston and authored a strategic plan for public art for the Municipality of Tirana, Albania called tiranaART PUBLIK 030.
Centering the experience of BIPOC communities is critical to Natasha’s practice. She has organized events elevating the voices of Black designers and urbanists including the Black in Design Conference at Harvard University and the Spaces and Places ‘unconference’ convening which runs in conjunction to the National Planning Conference.
Natasha is a graduate of the Master in Urban Planning and Master in Design Studies program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Art History from Stanford University.