Kira Strong, Philadelphia’s Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative

“I love creating beautiful spaces for children that make them feel valued and safe.”

Kira Strong

Kira Strong, the Executive Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative (Rebuild), shared the story behind her title with us on July 26, 2023.

Rebuild is an over $500 million historic investment in improving parks, recreation centers, and libraries across the City. The program focuses on physical improvements, promoting economic inclusion by ensuring diverse businesses have access to work on Rebuild sites and engaging residents and stakeholders to help determine the future of their facilities.  Before leading the program, she served as Rebuild’s Deputy Director of Design and Construction.  

Kira previously served as the Vice President of Community and Economic Development for the People’s Emergency Center, a non-profit community development corporation in Philadelphia, and has been honored as a 40 Under 40 by The Philadelphia Business Journal.  She currently serves on the Advisory Committees of the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.


In Kira’s role as Executive Director for Rebuild, she is leading a team in a massive project to update over 400 public spaces in Philadelphia. We talked about her discovery of a passion for transforming spaces at a young age and how a defining moment in her life was when she was working in community development and felt as though she found her path in life.

Listen to our interview with Kira below on your favorite podcasting app, or watch on and Youtube!

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