Up for Growth Action Hires Barbara Ehimika as Legislative Director

Barbara Ehimika Joins Up for Growth Action from AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department

December 6, 2021 | Up for Growth Action
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WASHINGTON, DC – Up for Growth Action, a federal advocacy organization that advocates for policies to achieve housing equity, eliminate systemic barriers, and create more homes, today announced the hiring of its first Legislative Director, Barbara Ehimika.

“We are thrilled to have Barbara join our team at a critical time as lawmakers consider numerous legislative solutions designed to confront the U.S. housing crisis,” said Up for Growth Action Chief Executive Officer Mike Kingsella. “Up for Growth Action will benefit from her knowledge and experience advocating for high-stakes federal policies.”

Barbara has over a decade of experience in issue advocacy, policy development, campaign strategy, and policy communications. Prior to joining Up for Growth Action, she was a Legislative Representative at the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, where she managed the organization’s PAC and oversaw rail policy initiatives and priorities on budget and appropriations issues for all modes of transportation. Previously, Barbara was a Federal Relations Manager at the American Petroleum Institute, an Associate at Strategic Marketing Innovations, and served as a Special Assistant to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). 

“I am honored to be joining an organization and team dedicated to smart policies that advance the causes of housing affordability, accessibility, and equity on a national scale,” she said. “I look forward to collaborating with policymakers and Up for Growth’s member network toward solutions that will help create housing for stronger and more vibrant communities across the country.”

Barbara received her B.A. in Political Science from LeMoyne College in 2006 and M.A. in Global Security from Johns Hopkins University in 2012.

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Up for Growth Action® is a 501(c)(4) federal legislative advocacy organization that advocates for policies to achieve housing equity, eliminate systemic barriers, and create more homes. Up for Growth Action is affiliated with Up for Growth®, a 501(c)(3) cross-sector member network committed to solving the housing shortage and affordability crisis through data-driven research and evidence-based policy.