Renae A. Badruzzaman (she/her) is a public health practitioner and social justice entrepreneur passionate about systems change at the root of social and health inequities. Renae is a Program Manager for Build Healthy Places Network where she operationalizes and implements the Network’s place-based strategy. She brings a decade of multidisciplinary and cross-sector experience to collectively advance health equity, inclusion and justice for people of color and communities with low-incomes. Renae’s roles her local community include the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN) Housing Justice Director for the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) and a Board Member of the Eden Area Community Land Trust.
Prior to joining the Build Healthy Places Network, Renae served as the Program Manager for Health Equity Investments at the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII). She played a key role in the strategic development and policy advocacy of an anchor mission strategy for local public health departments. While in Chicago, Renae directed a center that promoted a socially just and self-determined system of long-term services and supports, and managed a federally-funded leadership program focused on people with disabilities.
Renae’s intention is to support holistic healing practices that work to repair the wounds from legacies of violence and oppression against BIPOC, people with disabilities, and communities with intersecting identities. She is a certified compassion fatigue specialist, has a Master of Public Health, holds National Leader Fellowships in Disabilities, and a Bachelors in Psychology and Human Development. Renae cherishes being active, yoga, reading, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.