Namon Freeman has dedicated his career to promoting the equitable and sustainable development of cities. His work on policy and planning initiatives spans multiple cities across North America, Latin America and Sub-Saharan and Northern Africa. At Bloomberg Associates, Namon leads client engagements related to housing affordability, working at the intersection of urban planning, sustainability, and economic development.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Namon was State and Local Policy Senior Specialist at Grounded Solutions Network where he developed affordable housing policies and tools for municipal clients. He developed Inclusionary Housing and Perpetually Affordable Homeownership programs in Minneapolis. He also worked with a number of other cities including Indianapolis and Cape Town, to develop policies that leverage private development to create affordable housing. Namon previously worked at the NYC Department of City Planning, where he managed the review of planning initiatives, revamped the agency's neighborhood planning processes, and coordinated the outreach for inclusionary housing policies. During his tenure with the Urban Planning and Design Branch at UN-HABITAT, Namon designed city extensions and provided technical assistance for planning institutions in Kenya, Rwanda, Egypt, and Ghana.
Namon has a Master of Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where he was a Thoyer Fellow and a Master of Architecture from Hampton University. Namon currently serves on the board of non-profit Heat Seek and is an adjunct professor at the CCNY’s Bernard & Anne Spitzer Graduate School of Architecture. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association.