Ana Bonilla Named State and Local Policy Fellow in Enterprise’s Pacific Northwest Market
Ana I. Bonilla has joined Enterprise’s Pacific Northwest team as a state and local policy fellow. A Los Angeles native and a recent transplant to the greater Seattle area, Bonilla will use her experience in project coordination, community organizing, facilitating diverse groups, research, advocating policy change and advancing equity to lead Enterprise’s policy work in Washington and Oregon.
Enterprise has placed a strong priority on state and local policy, with staff devoted to this work in all market offices. Bonilla will be connected with those teams across the country to improve state and local policy that encourages affordable housing, community facilities and services that help families and individuals improve their lives.
Bonilla’s roots are in affordable housing organizing, having assisted on campaigns to pass inclusionary zoning laws and to implement an affordable housing trust fund in the City of Los Angeles circa 2007. She led the collection of tenant stories to elevate the human side of the affordable housing crisis.
During her five-year tenure from 2009 to 2014 with Building Healthy Communities, a 10-year, statewide initiative in California to advance policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities devastated by health inequities, Bonilla helped launch the local Long Beach chapter. She worked alongside diverse stakeholders to identify policy, systems and environment change to improve community health. She also served on the Housing Long Beach Steering Committee where she advised on strategies for affordable housing policy.
She most recently worked with Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the practice of primary prevention and supporting equity, health and safety in the first place in communities. She contributed to several projects that explored the intersection of land use and health, focused on improving health equity for historically disadvantaged communities, as well as conducted foundational research on the connections between health and displacement.
Bonilla’s passion for affordable housing stems from her own personal experience growing up in public housing, witnessing first-hand the critical role and the positive impact that it can have on improving the quality of life and increasing access to opportunities to thrive for low-income families.