Director, Research and Planning
Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Kendyl Larson is the Director of Research and Planning for the Polk County Housing Trust Fund. Her role focuses on providing research, writing and design services to help educate and advocate for housing affordability. She also assists the Supportive Services Committee with the review and selection process for annual grants that provide homeowners with case management, financial education and workforce preparation. Kendyl monitors and reports the outcomes of the programs and provides additional support to help achieve outstanding results. Kendyl’s research work is focused on the Undesign the Redline: DSM project studying the impact and legacy of redlining in the Des Moines Metro. She works with staff at PCHTF and other community members to understand the best way the Des Moines community can equitably move forward to mitigate past injustices.

Kendyl earned a master’s degree in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University with a focus on social justice and equity planning, and her bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in History and a minor in Sociology/Anthropology. While at Gustavus she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, was a member of the women’s soccer team, the St. Lucia Choir, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Throughout her academic career she has spent time researching equity issues. Her undergraduate thesis examined how the Fair Housing Act of 1968 did not remove housing discrimination in Hennepin County, MN and how today there are still many cases of discrimination. Her master’s project, The Legacy of Redlining and Segregation in Des Moines, examines how race continues to play a role in the development and redevelopment of Des Moines. In 2019 the American Planning Association named her Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year from Iowa State University.

Speaking at the Following:

Mar 16

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Transcending the Redline: Case Studies in Planning for Prosperity

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Cities are leveraging the understanding of the role that development policy and practice has played in the segregation of and disinvestment in black communities to advance equitable residential development strategies that will meet future housing needs while seeking to remedy the harms of past discriminatory practices. Panelists will discuss examples of residential equity strategies that […]