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.
Sean Capperis Email
Sean Capperis is a Data Manager and Research Analyst at the NYU Furman Center. He manages the Center's efforts to present essential data and analysis about housing and neighborhoods, and he also contributes to the Center’s research primarily in housing and land use. Sean previously served as a senior analyst with the New York City Department of Finance, a Mayor's Office Fellow with the City of Chicago, and has worked in research and communications roles for Pittsburgh's City Council and Cool Space Locator, a community development-focused real estate brokerage. He holds an M.P.A. from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow, and a B.A. summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa in Urban Studies and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jorge De la Roca Email
Jorge De la Roca is a Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. His fields of interest include urban economics, economic geography, and labor economics, with a particular focus on the study of agglomeration economies and urban migration. At the Furman Center he is working in the areas of neighborhood change and land use regulation and studying recent trends in racial segregation in U.S. cities. He completed his BA in Economics at Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, and his MPhil and PhD in Economics at CEMFI. Before joining the Furman Center, Jorge worked as a research assistant at the Center for International Development CID at Harvard University, the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI in Washington, DC, and the Group for the Analysis of Development GRADE in Lima, Perú.
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.
Yiwen (Xavier) Kuai
Yiwen (Xavier) Kuai is a Junior Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. His fields of interest include affordable housing, the built environment, transportation policies, international development, and urban economics. He holds a M.U.P. from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. While at NYU Wagner, he interned at one of the largest state developers in Shanghai, China and was a Research Assistant at the NYU Furman Center.
Shannon Moriarty Email
Shannon Moriarty is the Communications Director at the Furman Center, where she works to bring the Center’s research and policy work to the public, media, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining the Center, 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. Previously, she was 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, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, 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 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.
Justin Steil Email
Justin Steil is a Legal Research Fellow at the Furman Center. His recent research investigates how diverging municipal responses to rapid immigration impact residential integration and civic incorporation. He is an editor of Searching for the Just City: Debates in Urban Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2009). Prior to joining the Center, he clerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. Kimba M. Wood, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before law school, he worked as advocacy director for a non-profit fighting predatory lending practices and program manager for an environmental justice organization focusing on brownfield redevelopment. He received a B.A. from Harvard College in African-American Studies, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in City Design and Social Science, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Columbia.
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 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 Furman Center. Prior to joining the Furman Center, Laura spent four years 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.