Tarik Abdelazim, Director of National Technical Assistance

Director of National Technical Assistance
tabdelazim@communityprogress.org
877-542-4842 ext. 158

Tarik Abdelazim is the Director of National Technical Assistance at the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”

Abdelazim oversees the National Technical Assistance Team in delivering a range of technical assistance and capacity building services to urban, rural, and suburban communities across the United States. Abdelazim has helped communities design and launch innovative programming that have become models in the national field of practice. In addition, he is co-author to  seminal publications on the land banking movement nationally and within New York State. His work reflects a strong commitment to centering racial equity in the broader field of community development.

Prior to joining Community Progress, Abdelazim served in Binghamton, New York under two different executive titles in City Hall. For four years, he served as Deputy Mayor, leading high-priority interdepartmental teams, driving innovative IT/IM reform, and directing award-winning blight prevention initiatives – which twice won first place distinction in Public Administration and Management from the New York Conference of Mayor’s Local Government Achievement Awards. Abdelazim then served for nearly four years as Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development, and spearheaded a variety of cross-sector collaborations around a set of livability and sustainability goals, again winning national distinction for inclusive, bold community development programs.

Abdelazim received his Masters in Arts and Humanities from New York University, with an interdisciplinary focus on politics, ecology, and philosophy. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in biology. He works remotely from his hometown in upstate New York, and enjoys hiking, gardening, and advocating alongside others for racial and economic justice.