Tracy KaufmanChief Policy Officer
Tracy Kaufman is the Chief Policy Officer of the National Housing Trust. As CPO, Tracy defines and implements NHT’s public policy strategy, currently comprised of Federal, State, Local and Energy Policy. Tracy is a member of NHT’s Executive Leadership Team and works closely with NHT’s Senior Management Team to ensure the alignment of policy and business goals, leveraging those goals to enhance program direction and impact.
Tracy joined NHT in 2003 to oversee the organization’s state and local public policy work. Tracy led NHT’s state and local policy work, raising awareness of and developing innovative solutions to the complex issues surrounding the preservation of affordable, multifamily housing. She was responsible for developing a comprehensive national database of state preservation programs (www.prezcat.org), was regularly consulted on state preservation trends and best practices and frequently presented at national and state affordable housing conferences. In 2016, Tracy became the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the daily operations of the organization, providing day-to-day leadership, supervising the policy and resident services teams, guiding communication and IT strategies, and leading NHT’s recently completed 5-year strategic planning process. In 2021, Tracy became NHT’s Chief Policy Officer.
Before joining NHT, Tracy spent six years at Aspen Systems Corporation where she was responsible for managing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s University Partnerships Clearinghouse. In that capacity, Tracy’s team coordinated grantee and technical assistance meetings, peer reviews, national conferences, newsletters, publications, and the clearinghouse’s website. She prepared budgets and tracked the financial status of the contract, managed both full time project staff and freelance personnel, generated new business opportunities, and ensured that all projects met deadlines, budgets, and high-quality levels.
Prior to Aspen System, Tracy spent five years at the National Low-Income Housing Coalition -- analyzing affordable housing needs, interpreting data, and disseminating information in user-friendly formats. She developed information for advocacy campaigns and educational purposes at the national, state, and local levels, produced high-profile analytical research and quantitative projects, and responded to media inquiries and data requests from constituents.
Tracy has more than 28 years of experience in housing and community development. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.