This week’s ChangeMaker is Anu Natarajan, the Housing Initiative Lead at Meta. Anu is a long-time advocate for sensible, sensitive, and sustainable planning, and she currently guides Meta’s housing policy initiatives, partnerships, and investment work. Prior to joining Meta, Anu served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for MidPen Housing, where she worked to find solutions to build more affordable housing in the Bay Area.
About Anu Natarajan: Anu currently serves as the Housing Initiative Lead at Meta where she leverages her extensive background across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to guide Meta’s housing policy initiatives, partnerships, and investment work. Natarajan is a long-time advocate for sensible, sensitive, and sustainable planning as the engine for economic growth and community building.
Prior to joining Meta, Natarajan served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for MidPen Housing, where she worked to find solutions to build more affordable housing in the Bay Area. In her work with the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley, Anu focused on community engagement and outreach and built a diverse coalition of more than 35 partners from the Bay Area to solve regional challenges through civic engagement. While at StopWaste, she also worked on sustainability, the circular economy, and climate actions plans. Natarajan has served a total of 10 years as the Vice Mayor and City Councilmember for the City of Fremont, and is the first Indian-American to be elected to a City Council in the Bay Area.
Anu grew up in Bangalore, India, where she graduated from Architecture School. She moved to Seattle on a Rotary International Scholarship as an “Ambassador of Goodwill” and earned her masters degree in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Outside of her role at Facebook, Anu serves on the Board of Greenbelt Alliance and volunteers with community organizations. She enjoys exploring new cities and their architecture; and raising her daughter with her husband in Fremont, California.