Former Dallas ISD innovation chief to run national effort on low-income housing

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One of Dallas’ leading voices on housing policy is leaving the non-profit he started to run a campaign aimed at addressing low-income housing needs in America.

Mike Koprowski, the executive director of housing think-tank Opportunity Dallas, is resigning from his post to become the national director of a new multi-sector housing campaign at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a national non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Mike Koprowski, founder of the housing non-profit Opportunity Dallas, poses for a portrait at Halcyon Coffee in Dallas, Friday, January 26, 2018. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

"Mike’s opportunity to lead this national campaign is in large part due to his leadership and the success Opportunity Dallas has had over the last year," a statement from Opportunity Dallas read. "While Mike’s passion and intelligence will be missed, he leaves Opportunity Dallas in good hands."

A 32-member task force launched by Koprowski and Opportunity Dallas recently drew up a list of broad recommendations, urging the city’s policy makers to develop a more comprehensive housing policy, one designed to make Dallas more economically and ethnically diverse.

Prior to forming Opportunity Dallas, Koprowski served as Dallas ISD’s chief of the Office of Transformation and Innovation, creating and pushing the district’s lauded efforts in economic integration. He left DISD in Jan. 2017, convinced that in order to better address the city’s inequities, there needed to be a similar, deliberate and concentrated focus on diversity in housing.

"It’s a very tough decision to leave Dallas, which welcomed my family with open arms and supported me throughout my efforts at Dallas ISD and Opportunity Dallas," Koprowski wrote. "We cherish the relationships we’ve built, and there is much we’ll miss about Dallas. My hope is that effective federal housing policies, which are a pivotal part of the solution, can both reinforce and accelerate local efforts in cities across the country, including Dallas."

DISD trustee Miguel Solis, a member of the Opportunity Dallas task force, called Koprowski’s departure "bittersweet" because finding those with such "talent is rare."

"The policy reformations he led in Dallas’ education and housing sectors have sparked new paradigms, and I look forward to cheering him on as he takes this work nationwide," Solis said. "The task for local policy makers now will be turning these ideas into action."

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