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Cohort 1

Jurisdiction: Greensboro

University: Guilford College

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Zaynah Afada was a fellow for the City of Greensboro in human relations. Afada worked on fair housing investigations and mediations, and she analyzed trends in housing to ensure residents had access to affordable housing and maintained positive relationships with their landlords. The housing events she planned contributed to an increase in fair housing calls from both landlords and tenants. Afada was also recruited to participate in NC GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity) to help create an equity curriculum and policy for local governments.

Afada earned a bachelor’s degree in community justice and policy studies with a minor in political science from Guilford College, where she was a Bonner Scholar. She served as an executive member of Guilford’s International Advisory Committee, a project coordinator for Summit Cone Community Center, and a project coordinator at the Newcomers Garden Project. She was also a historical interpreter at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historic Site in Gibsonville, NC.

May 29, 2024

WHQR sat down with Talula Dechev, a Lead for NC fellow based in Columbus County, to talk about her work in water infrastructure and rental inspections.

January 19, 2024

The first cohort of Lead for North Carolina Fellows made a splash in communities across the state, launching meaningful projects with real-world impact.

January 19, 2024

Fellow Nick Boyd’s work with the Community Rating System program earned recognition for reducing flood insurance premiums for county homeowners.