Trinity Church Wall Street has appointed Susan Shah as managing director of racial justice and Beatriz (Bea) de la Torre as managing director of housing and homelessness.

Shah joins Trinity after 13 years with the Vera Institute of Justice as director of programs and strategy. She oversaw six groups that focused on criminal, juvenile, and immigration systems.

“I believe we can achieve social justice through policy, practice, and partnership,” Shah said. “I have a deep admiration for Trinity’s enduring commitment to social justice through spirituality and community building, grant-making, and national influence.”

De la Torre brings years of experience addressing the housing crisis in New York City, most recently as Managing Director of Housing and Homelessness for Robin Hood.

“I look forward to building on the vision laid out by the vestry and the senior leadership team at Trinity Church that has identified affordable housing and homelessness as a main area of focus,” she said. “The need for solutions is undeniable, and Trinity Church will continue to lead the way to help those in most need.”

Shah and de la Torre are “change-makers, not just grant-makers,” said Neill Coleman, Trinity’s chief philanthropy officer. “Their deep experience and knowledge on the issues of racial justice and homelessness will serve to deepen the relationships with our partners and take us to new levels in our mission to build up our neighborhoods.”

Adapted from Trinity Church Wall Street

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