2019 Harvard Loeb Fellow, Graduate School of Design
Policy Advisor, Office of Resilience and Community Services, Louisville Metro Government
Jeana Dunlap has engaged with public and private interests to direct initiatives and programs supporting the reduction of vacant properties while promoting affordable housing, sustainability, and historic preservation since 2004. She earned a Master of Public Policy & Administration and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Dunlap was recently awarded a 2019 Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and currently serves as policy advisor for the Office of Resilience and Community Services in Louisville, Kentucky.
Previously, while leading Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Redevelopment Strategies, Dunlap
leveraged multidisciplinary approaches in tackling redevelopment efforts to improve quality of life and place for residents. Through supporting online projects like Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class and Real Estate, Dunlap also promoted community dialogues on equitable investment practices and digital inclusion.
As a woman of color in municipal government, Dunlap has the unique ability to find common ground
and facilitate effective communication for greater understanding between disparate sectors of the community. Dunlap’s efforts seek to instill confidence and build greater capacity among those residing within and committed to serving distressed neighborhoods. While facilitating change through the built environment remains critical, she also believes that changing mindsets is paramount to achieving vibrant communities.