Points of Pride


Linda WarrenLinda Warren is currently the Senior Vice-President of Community Finance for Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI), a non-profit intermediary supporting the redevelopment of Cleveland’s neighborhoods.  Ms. Warren is also the President of Village Capital Corporation (VCC), an NPI subsidiary with $20 million of loan capital available for community development real estate projects.  Over the past ten years, NPI and its subsidiary VCC have invested over $35 million in community organizations and their development agendas, creating 3,500 housing units and over 1,500,000 sq. ft. of retail/industrial space.

Prior to joining NPI, Ms. Warren was the Director of Community Development for the City of Cleveland, responsible for administering the City’s annual $40 million of federal consolidated grant funding and for advancing the City’s neighborhood development agenda and related initiatives.  Ms. Warren began her professional career in community development as the founding director of the Citizens to Bring Broadway Back, the precursor to Slavic Village Development, a neighborhood organization involved in community organizing, housing and retail development.  Her real estate development experience began in 1988 when she served as the Housing Director for the Stockyard Area Development Association, a Cleveland Housing Network member group where she administered the Lease/Purchase and Homeward Programs in the Stockyard and Clark-Fulton neighborhoods, and then as the Development Director for Southwest Development Partnership, where she developed several multi-family low-income tax credit projects in the Stockyard and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.   

Ms. Warren has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Business Administration, both from Cleveland State University.  She has a certificate in real estate development finance from the National Development Council and attended Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government as a Fannie Mae Fellow in 1996.  In March 2009, she became accredited as a LEED, AP.  

Ms. Warren is a member of the City of Cleveland’s Tax Incentive Review Council.  She is a Board Member of Cleveland Public Art and Cleveland Action to Support Housing, where she is the Treasurer.  She also sits on the New Market Tax Credit Community Advisory for Cleveland Development Advisors.

Ms. Warren and her husband Christopher live in the City of Cleveland in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.