Carrie Pleasants was appointed as the Executive Director of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center on March 1, 2016 after serving as the Interim Director since July of 2015. Carrie served at the Associate Director at The Housing Center since 2008, overseeing the management of the Housing Center’s enforcement, education and outreach, and research programs and assisting in the management of the organization. Originally from the Akron area, Carrie moved to Cleveland in 2000 and joined The Housing Center (then called the Metropolitan Strategy Group) as the Community Based Planner. In 2001, Carrie became the Director of Research & Investigations, overseeing and conducting research projects and testing until becoming the Associate Director in January 2008. She has served as the testing coordinator or supervisor for all testing projects performed by the Housing Center since February of 2000 and has supervised more than 5,000 rental, lending, sales, insurance, and accessibility tests. In addition, she has conducted a number of research projects at The Housing Center related to housing and lending discrimination, payday lending, and impediments to fair housing. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography with a minor in Cartography from Kent State University in 1997, and her Master of Arts in Geography with a specialization in urban geography from Kent State University in 2001.