Washington, DC 20002
Vrunda Vaghela is a director of National Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners, and serves as a managing director for the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). SPARCC is a $90 million initiative seeking to develop communities that are racially equitable, climate resilient and healthy, focusing on six regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Vrunda has supported the development of several cross-cutting initiatives to address issue areas at both national and local scales, including public health and affordable housing, economic mobility, and climate resilience strategies to preserve affordable multifamily housing in the face of climate change. Vrunda has also worked internationally to develop community-driven urban development programs empowering under-served communities to address issues of housing, infrastructure, land tenure, and women's livelihoods in Gujarat, India, and Kigali, Rwanda. She began her career as an architect in Washington, D.C., focusing on high-performance and energy efficient building design. Vrunda earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Mississippi State University.