SCARP Advisory Council
Bio and CV
Kira Gerwing Kira is a Manager of Community Investment for Vancity Credit Union. Her work focuses on enabling the development of social enterprise real estate projects that result in community ownership, affordability, and green buildings. Kira’s work at Vancity stems from eight years of urban planning in Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods with the City of Vancouver. She has a passion for finding creative and engaging ways to ensure everyone’s fundamental right to flourish. As such, her efforts have centred on local economic development: crafting deals that create high-value, positive impact in communities and that leverage emerging opportunities in sustainability sectors of the economy. She has worked on projects and policies for affordable housing and social purpose real estate development, as well as local food, materials diversion, the creative economy, community-based forestry, sustainable fisheries, and eco-tourism. Kira is married to an entrepreneur who works with her to parent two fine young children. She loves riding her bike in high heels to get around the city.