Terrie Alafat is chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
She joined CIH in April 2015 from the Department for Communities and Local Government, where she was director of housing.
Ms Alafat had worked in the civil service since 2003, covering various housing policies including homelessness, supporting people, affordable housing and housing supply.
Before moving to the UK 30 years ago she was involved in educational research and evaluation in Chicago schools.
She started her career in the UK in social services policy development at a local authority and she was director of housing and corporate strategy at Kensington and Chelsea until 2002, before moving to the Government Office for London where she was responsible for housing and local government.
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