Dralandra Larkins is the Housing RA Coordinator at the Metropolitan Council’s HRA. She has been serving families in government-funded rental assistance programs since 2018. She earned her certification as a housing specialist through Nan McKay Associates in 2020. Previously, she worked for the fourth judicial district court in the Civil Housing Division as a court operator. She served on the Advisory Board for Violence Free MN, formerly known as MN Coalition for Battered Women from 2019-2020. She is a culturally grounded graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work from Augsburg University. With experience as a court operator, case manager, domestic violence hotline responder, and now as a housing specialist; Dralandra brings a unique ecological, holistic approach to practice, her experience in non-profit and the public sector makes her equipped to work with diverse populations. Hennepin County is her primary community; however, she feels called to serve communities facing economic and social injustice in the greater Metropolitan region.