Vinita Goyal

Place-Based Community Investments Advisor

Vinita Goyal brings fifteen plus years of experience from the nonprofit and public sectors and as a consultant, where she has worked at the intersection of affordable housing, placemaking, transportation, climate resilience, small business development, sustainable agriculture, and the arts. ​ Vinita is skilled at designing and implementing place-based initiatives through strategic visioning, employing systems level approaches, and bridging stakeholder relationships. She is passionate about place-based solutions that align infrastructure improvements with community needs and aspirations, include and validate the personal and community-based experiences of those impacted, and forge strong working partnerships with allied organizations and anchor institutions that are instrumental in engaging and empowering the community and creating alternate pathways to equitable solutions. ​ As a strong advocate for community ownership-based housing models that are racial justice-centric and an effective anti-speculative housing solution, Vinita brings a depth of expertise from her urban planning and policy work in the public sector in Seattle and the Bay Area, and as the housing and transportation program officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation where she prioritized investment in local community land trusts. Vinita is currently serving on the board for the San Francisco Community Land Trust. ​ Vinita’s published work has appeared in national industry publications, and she has shared her research and professional viewpoints at professional and academic conferences. She received her bachelor’s in architecture from the Government College of Architecture in Lucknow, India, and earned her master’s in city and regional planning at UC Berkeley.

Vinita Goyal