Vice President, Built Environment
Downtown Austin Alliance

Hannah Rangel joined the Downtown Austin Alliance as Vice President, Built Environment in June 2023. In her role, Hannah oversees the Built Environment priority of the strategic plan and actively assists in ensuring that the organization’s overall mission and vision are achieved. This includes directly leading development and land use policy efforts, ensuring that codes and policies support downtown’s growth and economic development while also meeting goals for diverse housing, affordability, storefront business, preservation, and cultural venues.

Prior to joining DAA, Hannah’s 20-year career has spanned residential and mixed-use real estate development in Austin and in Los Angeles, placemaking through value capture strategies in San Francisco, and historic preservation advocacy at a national scale from Washington D.C. Throughout her career, Hannah has pursued her “passion for place” and the belief that crafting our built environment comes with immense responsibility. Hannah received her BA in Anthropology from Pomona College and an MA in urban planning from the USC Price School of Public Policy. Hannah currently serves on ULI Austin’s Affordability Strategic Council and the Urban Local Membership Council.

Speaking at the Following:

Feb 21

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Role of Housing in Creating Vibrant Urban Communities

10:00am – 11:15am
Hilton Austin, Governor's Salon D, Floor 4

It’s everywhere in the news; downtowns are suffering. As the pandemic disrupted in-person office culture, less foot traffic in these areas has negatively impacted retail, small businesses, public space, transportation, and public safety. However, the focus has been on office-to-residential and other anchors to bring people back downtown. This panel will instead focus on the opportunity for affordable and mixed-income housing to reshape their communities and provide economic mobility for their residents. With the right place-based strategies and intentional community partnerships, housing developments can be a platform for a community’s soul and provide downtowns and urban centers with a new […]