Kimberly Driggins

Kimberly Driggins is the Executive Director of the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC). Launched in 2018, WHC preserves affordable workforce housing, prevents displacement, and promotes economic mobility, especially for moderate to low-income African Americans and other people of color. WHC is committed to creating thriving, inclusive, mixed-income communities throughout the D.C. region.

Ms. Driggins has an extensive background in urban planning and real estate development and prior to her appointment at WHC, she served as Director of Strategic Planning/Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department for three years. Ms. Driggins also served as Associate Director for Citywide Planning for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning from 2008-2015.

Ms. Driggins is a nationally recognized expert in urban redevelopment and placemaking and has innovative projects in both Detroit and Washington, DC. She currently serves on the boards of PennPraxis, the National Landing Business Improvement District (BID), and was Board Chairperson for Gehl Institute from 2017-2019. She has a BA degree from Hampton University, an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Ms. Driggins was awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2015.


WHC is governed by an independent board of civic leaders.

Joshua Bernstein

Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Management Corporation

Kevin Clinton

Board Chair

Chief Program Officer for the Federal City Council

Carol Thompson Cole

President and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)

Tamara Copeland

Former President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director, WHC

John Gardner

Former Vice President of Buvermo Investments, Inc.

Maria S. Gomez

Former President + CEO, Mary’s Center

Cary Hatch

CEO of MDB Communications

Charlene Drew Jarvis

Former Director at National Women's Business Center, Inc. 

David Martin

Partner at ArentFox Schiff

David Roodberg

President of The Menkiti Group

Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Principal at Uplands Real Estate Partners

Eshauna Smith

Director of Community Impact, Ballmer Group

Rob Stewart

Board Emeritus
Chair of JBG SMITH’s Board of Trustees

Our Team

Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director

Jackie Keller

Executive Assistant

Divya Khandke

Senior Program Manager

Yvette Ross Kane

Director of Asset Management

Kathy Smith

Director of Development

Juanita Perilla

Social Impact Coordinator

Sawa Kamara

Social Impact Coordinator

Shira Helstrom

General Counsel - Partner Arent Fox Schiff

Fusing commercial real estate expertise with a social impact mission.

We disrupt inequities in the housing market with an innovative model that prevents displacement and promotes opportunity and wealth building. 

Preserving housing affordability and promoting economic mobility in the DC-region

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