The City's first Community Displacement Prevention Officer will lead the development of programming & outreach efforts
Austin, TX – The City of Austin Housing and Planning Department has hired Nefertitti Jackmon (Rhodes) as the City of Austin’s first Community Displacement Prevention Officer. Jackmon will oversee the department’s Displacement Prevention Division, tasked with developing and leading programming and outreach to prevent the displacement of vulnerable communities, which will include $300 million over 13 years in anti-displacement funding approved by voters in November 2020 as part of Project Connect Proposition A. The use of Project Connect anti-displacement funding will be guided by the Project Connect Equity Tool, which is currently under development. Jackmon, in her role as the City’s Community Displacement Prevention Officer, will be instrumental in working with other City leaders and community members, who have started the work to create the Equity Tool for Project Connect.
Since COVID-19, Jackmon has worked with department leadership to program more than $50 million in tenant stabilization services including the Relief for Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Program. Among leading and participating in numerous relevant bodies of work, Jackmon served as Vice-Chair on the Council appointed Anti-Displacement Task Force (2017-18). She is a speaker and regular participant in national discussions on anti-displacement strategies and policy discussions related to gentrification.
Jackmon joined the City of Austin in October 2019 as the department (former NHCD) began allocating dedicated resources to address the community recommendations and strategies in the Displacement Prevention Strategy. In October 2020, the City announced a merger of the Housing and Community Development Department and the Planning and Zoning Department. The newly formed Housing and Planning Department is led by Rosie Truelove. “Merging the housing and planning functions has been catalytic in forming the Displacement Prevention team,” said Truelove. “This work is central to the mission of the department and will continue to be guided by community input and council policies. I’m excited to work with Nefertitti Jackmon in this important leadership role.”
Jackmon’s hire presents the department with dedicated resources and a specialized workgroup with a departmental governance structure where zoning, planning, affordable housing, and displacement prevention functions are within one departmental leadership team, another important action in efforts to prevent displacement of low-income residents and communities of color.
Prior to coming to the Housing and Planning Department, Nefertitti was the executive director of Six Square, a nonprofit organization responsible for celebrating and preserving the cultural legacy of the African American community within Austin’s Black Cultural District. Nefertitti has a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University Fresno and a Master of Arts in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. She also has a certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.