Ingrid Gould Ellen More info
Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. Ingrid is author of Sharing America’s Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and editor of How to House the Homeless (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010) and has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and Housing Policy Debate. Ingrid teaches courses in microeconomics, urban economics, and urban policy research. Before coming to NYU, Ingrid held visiting positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in Public Policy. See publications >>
Mark Willis Email
Mark Willis is the Executive Director and a Resident Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Before joining the Center, Mark was a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation, working on research related to community development and the financial services sector. Prior to his time at Ford, Mark spent 19 years at JPMorgan Chase, overseeing its community development programs and products to help strengthen low- and moderate-income communities. Among his many accomplishments there, Mark founded the Chase Community Development Corporation. Before joining Chase, Mark held various positions in economic development and tax policy with the City of New York, including Deputy Commissioner for Development at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and was an urban economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mark teaches Housing and Community Development Policy at NYU's Wagner School and speaks often on urban, housing, and community development affairs. He chairs the Program Planning Committee of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and a number of other boards involved with housing and community development. He has a B.A. in economics from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.
Maxwell Austensen is a Data Analyst at the NYU Furman Center. He is Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in Policy Analysis, and was previously a Research Assistant at the NYU Furman Center. Maxwell received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is interested in program evaluation, residential segregation, and social policies that aim to reduce poverty.
Luke Herrine is a Research Fellow and the 2015-2016 Jonathan Mechanic/Fried, Frank, Shriver & Jacobson Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. His research interests include the evolution of consumer credit institutions, the relationship between economic inequality and consumer lending, and the effects of changes in high finance on changes in consumer/household finance. Luke has also engaged in advocacy work, most recently as part of the Debt Collective's efforts to push for discharges for defrauded student debtors. He earned a J.D. magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where, among other honors, he was named a Furman Academic Fellow and a Lederman Scholar in Law, Economics, and Business. He graduated from Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology.
Brian Karfunkel is the Data Analyst at the NYU Furman Center. Prior to joining the Center, he was a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he conducted quantitative analyses on the effects of workplace safety and health regulations. He has also taught writing at the University of San Francisco and English at Lycée de l’Escaut in Valenciennes, France. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he worked as a research assistant to Prof. James Heckman and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. His interests include data visualization, building narratives from data, mapping and analyzing transportation and transit issues, and developing open data projects.
Gita Khun Jush
Gita Khun Jush is a Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Her research interests include labor, urban, and public economics. Her work focuses on understanding the sources of agglomeration economies, particularly those related to labor markets, and understanding the effects of gentrification on low-income households. Gita completed a M.S. in Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a M.P.A. at the Harvard Kennedy School. She will complete her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in January 2016.
Shannon Moriarty Email
Shannon Moriarty is the Communications Director at the NYU Furman Center, where she works to bring the Center’s research and policy work to the public, media, and other stakeholders. Previously, she was founding writer and editor of Change.org’s End Homelessness blog, where she provided daily commentary and analysis on housing and homelessness issues.She was also a Research Assistant at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Communications Director at United for a Fair Economy. Shannon holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bridgewater State University, where she was an Adrian Tinsley Scholar and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Bethany O’Neill Email
Bethany O’Neill is the Operations Manager at the NYU Furman Center. She earned her B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, and is pursuing an M.A. in Food Studies at New York University. Bethany is interested in food policy issues and their intersections with sustainability and urban planning.
Eric Stern is a Policy Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. He previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York focusing on housing, small business, public finance, and catastrophic risk. While at the Fed, he was seconded to the New York City Mayor’s Office to contribute to the housing plan. Before joining the Fed, he provided research assistance at the New York City Council, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the NYU Institute for Education & Social Policy. On Manhattan Community Board Five, he chairs the Land Use Committee. He received his A.B. from Princeton University where he concentrated in the Woodrow Wilson School Public & International Affairs.
Michael Suher More info
Michael Suher is a Research Fellow and the 2015-2016 Nourallah Elghanayan Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. His fields of interest include urban and real estate economics, mortgage finance, and public economics. He completed his B.A. in Physics at Duke University and his Ph.D. in Economics at Brown University. Prior to his doctoral studies he worked as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Laura Vert Email
Laura Vert is the Fiscal and Grants Manager at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, Laura served as the Administrative Manager at the Brooklyn Autism Center, a non-profit school that provides behavioral therapy and educational services for students on the autism spectrum. In this position, Laura was focused primarily on financial and human resource management, but also worked in the areas of development, strategic planning, special events and marketing. Laura holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and an M.P.A. from CUNY Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. She also holds PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification.
Jessica Yager Email
Jessica Yager is the Deputy Director at the NYU Furman Center. She previously served as the NYU Furman Center's Policy Director. Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, she was the founding Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project at Queens Legal Services, where she developed and managed a project that represents low- and moderate-income homeowners facing foreclosure in Queens, engaged in policy reform efforts to increase fairness and transparency in the foreclosure process, and conducted outreach to educate homeowners about how to avoid foreclosure and predatory lending. Jessica has worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender, a public defender office that specializes in appeals; and as a Clinical Fellow at the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Jessica received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.