Ruby Bolaria Shifrin

Director, Housing Affordability, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Ruby Bolaria Shifrin is Vice President and Head of Community at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), prior to her role leading Community Initiative, Ruby served as the Head of Housing Affordability at CZI.

The CZI Community team works to build an equitable, inclusive, and just California full of opportunity and is dedicated to finding solutions so that everyone can not just survive but thrive. The focus areas include Housing Affordability, Economic Inclusion and Mobility, & Local Impact. Ruby also oversees CZI's DEI grantmaking across CZI which includes investments in promoting greater equity in the Science and Education Initiatives.

Before her career at CZI, Ruby worked in real estate development as a project manager for multifamily mixed income projects in San Francisco and has experience in commercial real estate at JLL. She also has international housing experience from her time managing an in-situ upgrading pilot in Johannesburg, South Africa

Ruby started her career as an organizer for environmental and social justice organizations like Earthjustice and Corporate Accountability International. Ruby has a strong commitment to equity and social justice and brings her unique mix of advocacy and technical experience to CZI's housing work. She holds a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.