Emporia, Kansas May 11 — The City of Emporia is pleased to announce the selection of Brandi Galbreath as the Community Housing Coordinator. Galbreath started in her new role on May 8, 2023, where she is responsible for the administration of and coordination of the ADA compliance programs, serves as liaison to assigned boards, and assists with social service and other grants for organizations within the city and community at large.
“We welcome Brandi to our team as the city’s new community housing coordinator,” said Community Development Coordinator, Jeff Lynch. “We look forward to her enabling our citizens obtain improved housing, accessibility, and fair employment opportunities.”
Galbreath brings nine (9) years of experience to this role, most recently serving as the Outreach Manager for KansasWorks Southeast where she worked with community partners throughout seventeen counties in southeast Kansas focusing on community outreach and community engagement workshops. Galbreath also holds a bachelor's degree in human and social services from Ottawa University.
“One of my goals during my first year, is to become better acquainted with municipal government. I’ve had the opportunity to work in state government and now I get the opportunity to better understand the elements of city government to ensure effective and positive representation within my community. Additionally, I will contribute to the planning and implementation of the new strategic plan headed by the city’s Human Relations Board and hope to be instrumental in creating and establishing effective and innovative advancements and opportunities for the people of Emporia,” said Galbreath.
Earlier this year, Commission identified that a Community Housing Coordinator position was needed to offer the community a Fair Housing contact and an ADA coordinator for the city. Galbreath will also maintain a network of area social service agencies, receive and assist the community with landlord and tenant issues, and coordinate the processing and investigation of complaints alleging discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation.
Galbreath believes the best way to address and strengthen community engagement and remedy any gaps or concerns felt by the community, include effective listening, maintaining, and creating authentic connections, building trust, and being responsive to the needs of the community. “I have been blessed during my time in Emporia and have worked, met, and been mentored by some wonderful individuals. I look forward to having meaningful conversations and working together to create long-term solutions, making Emporia a great place to live and work.”
For questions, please contact the City of Emporia, Community Development Office at (620) 343-4285.