Rob Breymaier is the principal of Community Solutions Collaborative, which consults organizations and agencies on strategies to affirmatively further fair housing through equitable community development, expanding low-income housing choice, increasing the affordable housing stock in high-opportunity neighborhoods, and more. He was the Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center from 2006 to 2018, where he ran the nation’s foremost example of actively promoting the affirmative furthering of fair housing.
Rob began with the fair housing movement in 1996 as an intern at the Toledo Fair Housing Center. Later, he conducted investigations in Chicago and Albuquerque, including work for HUD’s 2000 Housing Discrimination Survey in both Phase I and Phase III. From 2004 to 2006, Rob spent time as the Director of Community Relations at the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities where he worked with staff implementing the Gautreaux II program in addition to leading fair housing research, organizing, and policy efforts. In 2008, Rob led a successful advocacy effort to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would not use zip codes or other geographic criteria as determinants in their pricing models and in 2014 he directed the Fair Housing and Equity Analysis for the Chicago Region through a contract with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Rob served as President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance for 10 years, where he played a key role in promoting source of income protection laws for voucher holder at the local and state levels. he also served as a Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. Rob has a Master’s degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo where he studied urban geography and regional planning. He is a member of the Class of 2017 in Leadership Greater Chicago.