Stories by Raquel Vazquez

Raquel is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Empowered Block, an equity-driven community development consultancy. Raquel holds over 13 years of community development experience across sectors, including: affordable housing, economic development, social services policies, legislative affairs, historic preservation and transportation. Originally from New York City, Raquel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance from the Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Binghamton University. She has received numerous honors including appointment to the NYS Real Estate Board and Harlem Community Planning Board #10, as well as fellowships from Next City, Council of Urban Professionals, Morgan Stanley and 92Y Women in Power.

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