Barr Fellow group shot

Lydia Lowe

Director, Chinatown Community Land Trust

Lydia Lowe is the Director of the Chinatown Community Land Trust, which works to stabilize Boston Chinatown through community control of land, development without displacement, permanently affordable housing, and shared neighborhood spaces. Her four decades of community activism include co-launching the first immigrant worker center in the region, helping tenants preserve more than a thousand units of affordable housing, securing bilingual ballots for Chinese and Vietnamese voters in Boston, and leading the Chinese Progressive Association for 30 years.

When recognized as a Barr Fellow in 2009, Lydia was executive director of Chinese Progressive Association. She is a founding member of the Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN!), Chinese Progressive Political Action, the Chinatown Master Plan Committee, the Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, and serves on the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee.