Raquel Vazquez is currently a Project Manager in Multifamily New Construction Programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). At HPD, Raquel manages several low-income and mixed-income new construction affordable housing projects across New York City, preparing loan underwriting and finance closings. Prior to HPD, she served as a Morgan Stanley/ANHD Fellow, where she worked on preservation strategies for subsidized housing. Raquel has several years of urban planning, policy development, and program outreach experience in government - at the New York City Council (as the Community Affairs Coordinator for the former Deputy Majority Leader), the Mexican Federal Housing Institute, NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Raquel holds a Master in Public Administration from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, and a Real Estate Finance Certificate from the Baruch College Newman Real Estate Institute.
Raquel proudly serves on Manhattan Community Board 10, where she is Chair of the Committee for Transportation, Historic Preservation, and Landmarks. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Raquel holds a longstanding passion for serving underrepresented communities in New York and strives to accomplish this by continuing her contributions to the housing and economic development arenas in the city.